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Duluth native, world-renowned musican Gaelynn Lea performs for Proctor elementary students

Duluth native, world-renowned musican Gaelynn Lea performs for Proctor elementary students
Duluth native, world-renowned musican Gaelynn Lea performs for Proctor elementary students(Alex Laitala KBJR 6)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 4:16 PM CDT
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PROCTOR, MN-- Duluth native Gaelynn Lea was busy teaching and playing the fiddle at Bay View Elementary Monday morning.

Lea has spent many years performing at arts venues in the Northland.

She went on to win NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest and has traveled the world touring her music and speaking for disability advocacy.

She was asked to take part in the Class Notes artists program organized by YourClassical MPR.

The program is designed to engage elementary students through live performances and help activate listening skills through music.

She says it’s programs like this that helped her find her love for music.

“The reason I got into music in the first place is because an orchestra came to my elementary school. So i think its really important for musicians play in school so kids can see what’s possible. You know so they think about what they want to do when they get a little bit older, said Lea.

After performing, she encouraged the students to follow their passions.

Lea recently composed music for the Broadway revival of “Macbeth.”

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“Macbeth” is currently running on Broadway in a limited engagement until July.

She’s also writing a book.

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