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Published on Jan 4, 2017
As a student in the Conservatory of Music, Martha McDonnell ’14 found a way to balance her two distinct musical interests: classical violin performance and fiddling. Her unique skill set landed her a spot in Sting’s musical The Last Ship before she had even graduated, and she’s since performed on Broadway in Steve Martin’s Bright Star.
Martha traces her passion for the fiddle back to the McDonnell family farm, but credits Conservatory Dean Brian Pertl’s Entrepreneurial Musician course for helping her blend that passion with an entrepreneurial mindset. After forming the Involuntary String Band and collaborating with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, she was ready for a bigger stage.