Keturah Gray is a flutist in Kingston Jamaica. She is the flute instructor at Edna Manley College of Music and also works with flutists from the Immaculate High School Orchestra as well as utilizing her Orff training at Orphanages. Getting to know Keturah over the past year has been a delight. Keturah is a gem with a desire to help others through music. Special thanks to Keturah for sharing her love of music through our seven questions.
Seven Questions with Keturah Gray
Name: Keturah Gray
Where are you currently living?:Kingston, Jamaica
What is your education level?:Masters in Music Education
What is your instrument? voice, flute, percussion...: Flute, minor in saxophone
Our slogan summarizes Seven Pillars' values: cross-cultural, music, beauty, connection, exploration, collaboration and illumination. Which values drive you?: All of these values interest me! The value I hold close to my heart is to be the best I can be and give back to the music community. Help motivate and inspire others.
Aside from the digital world, how do you connect with music and/ or others? How do you portray that intimate connection with others through music?: By performances, orchestral performances, jam sessions where we interact and share ideas. A project I am currently working on is combining students from Edna Manley and Immaculate High School to perform and interact, socialize and bring care to students at Bustamante Hospital for Children.
How do you explore and expand your boundaries? For Seven Pillars' this can mean exploring new musical styles, places, and people.: I am constantly trying to do educational training programs such as the Royal College of Music exams and also I am constantly trying to find programs I can do to improve skills on my flute.
What music are you currently working on? What styels of music do you feel most at home with? What makes you expand beyond your perceived limitations?: Contemporary and jazz. I love popular music as well!
Being a musician can be lonely-as you take time to get to know the piece, composer, syle...on the flip side, collaborating with others brings immense joy-especially when all parties are on the same page, with the same goals. How do you collaborate with others?: Orchestra, live jam sessions - unrehearsed opportunities to share musical ideas, feeding off of each other.
Speaking of joy, what illuminates your musical spirit?: My students, when I see them progressing and doing well. Especially things I show them and they are able to make it their own. Hearing passionate musicians, finding people that have the same raw passion. A few people in my community have inspired me this way.
Please share a pivotal experience that brought you to where you are today - Where your current musical life lies. For example, are you an educator, entrepreneur, performer (what type of ensembles do you work with?), student, or a combination. Most artists have a dream project in mind. What dreams and goals are you willing to share?: Pivotal experience - there was a force that pointed me on this path. I have always loved music. I have always said I wanted to be a teacher. I always liked helping. The most pivotal experience occurred when I was in high school. I had a performance with my church choir for Easter. At that time, something came over me and I realized I needed to do Edna Manley to pursue music education. After being there I learned there is a whole new world to explore. I learned how amazing the flute really was.
Dreams and Goals: I would like to be in a position where I am well equipped on my instrument, inspire people, assist in music projects, visit various parts of the world and assist with the new generation of musicians.