Get your Masters in meteorology and then go to Broadway. Maybe not the most common path, but when you have multiple passions, work hard, and take leaps of faith, the most wonderful things can happen. Today’s guest, Alvin Hough Jr., graduated grad school, then through an inspiring chain of events, is now associate music director at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway, as well as a husband and father of two. Additionally, he is one of the founding members of MUSE: Musicians United for Social Equity.
An organization in its infancy already helping others and affecting change in the musical theater community and beyond, “MUSE is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color.” (from their website, link below).
Alvin has a contagious enthusiasm for making the theater a more inclusive place and extending opportunities to those with limited resources.
His resume is filled, and it got that way because of his dedication and hard work to his craft, as well as always showing respect to those around him. He emphasizes always doing your best--you never know who is watching. And that very thing led to him getting the call to be music director of Once on This Island on Broadway.
Alvin’s chat is quotable, inspiring, and invigorating. Such a story of following your passions, embracing the adventure of the journey, and looking beyond yourself to help others. Alvin mentions multiple times the importance of sharing your knowledge and story-- being open-minded, connecting, and lifting up others.
I am so excited for you to hear from Alvin. Afterward, be sure to check out MUSE and the strides they are making already-- from workshops to networking events to an online directory of artists and more.
Thank you for what you do to bring goodness to the world, Alvin!
We need all the good news we can get.
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