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Lorien Britt, 19 – FUNDED

“The trials I have undertaken as a musician have equipped me to connect with my audience, bringing them hope and joy no matter what they may be experiencing,” says Lorien Britt, who is passionate about the power of music in people’s lives. This Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholar is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Classical Flute Performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

What is your professional dream?

My dream is to pursue a career as an orchestral and solo flutist.

What does being in the Paliwal Club of 100 mean to you? 

Being a part of the Paliwal Club of 100 makes me one of many women using their unique skills to make the world a better place.

Women are underrepresented in the S.T.E.A.M. (science, tech, arts or math) fields and music industry. How can we change this? 

We can inspire future female leaders by providing young women with the resources and opportunities to pursue their passion, while also empowering women currently pursuing these careers.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

The challenges and rejections I have faced along my musical journey have shaped me into the musician I am today. My experiences participating in competitions and auditions — both the victories and the disappointments — have taught me valuable lessons about preparation and my ultimate goal as a musician.

How will this grant from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

This grant will allow me to pursue professional performance opportunities without being restricted by financial burdens. Gaining experience and making connections is invaluable for me as a musician, and it will directly contribute to reaching my dream career.