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NPR’s Tiny Desk Winner Gaelynn Lea to Perform at Nazareth College, Oct. 28

Published October 12, 2017

Nazareth students and community members will have the opportunity to attend a performance by award winning, classically trained violinist and songwriter, Gaelynn Lea, in the Forum of the Shults Center on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. Just over a year ago, Gaelynn was selected out of over 6,100 applicants to be the winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in which artists enter videos of original songs. Gaelynn captures audiences with emotional original songs and modern takes on traditional fiddle music. The event is $5 and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618.

In 2016 Gaelynn’s song, “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun,” stood out among 6,100 submissions and elevated her to winning the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR. Gaelynn has toured the country in her 2002 Ford Econline with her husband, Paul, and also works as a public speaker discussing disability, finding inner freedom, and the power of music.

She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones disease. Gaelynn has used her rise as an artist as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and promote positive social change. At her performance on October 28, she will answer questions and discuss her unique method of playing the violin using loops and how she composes.


Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.