Changing the world with music

When harpist Sarah Israel graduates from SMU next year, she will have honed not only her talent in musical performance, but also her abilities to empathize through majors in music and human rights, along with studies in nonprofit organizational management.

She will enter the nonprofit sector after graduation, but she is not waiting until then to make an impact.

A member of the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra, she serves as president and executive director of Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, SMU students who provide free performances to Dallas area schools and diverse local establishments. Bridge the Gap also provides training and performance opportunities for elementary and middle school students through the South Dallas Strings project.

In addition to offering cultural enrichment, Israel helps direct fundraising efforts to provide food for the children who participate. “Since our target population is considered food insecure, when devising a budget, our top priority is ensuring that we provide substantial food for the participants.”