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"Claiming Your Inner Freedom, a lecture/performance"

BGSU College of Musical Arts and University Arts proudly welcome Gaelynn Lea, Violinist, Songwriter, and Disability Rights Advocate. This event is free and open to the public.

ASL interpretation provided.

Per the request of our guest speaker, face coverings are recommended.


Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and not long after she took to the road. Since then, she has toured in 45 states and 9 countries, captivating audiences around the world with her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes.

In addition to performing and recording, Lea frequently does speaking engagements about Disability Rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. She uses her music as a platform to advocate for disabled people and to promote positive social change.

She created original music for the Broadway production of Macbeth starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga. This iconic Shakespeare play is being directed by Sam Gold and opened in April 2022 at The Longacre Theatre in New York, NY.

Lea joined the Recording Academy with the class of 2021. She is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of a change-making group called RAMPD – Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities. RAMPD’s mission is to amplify disability culture, promote inclusion, and advocate for accessibility in the music industry.

When the pandemic interrupted her touring schedule, Lea began performing live-streamed concerts called Sunday Sessions on YouTube; this series continues to air on a monthly basis.
Her interactive concert series features improvisational live-looped violin, original songs, and a different special guest every episode. Captions are provided for Deaf and hard-of-hearing music lovers.

This event is free and open to the public.

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