Supporting a Cellist
Corey Averill is an active performer and educator based in the Portland, Oregon area. He is a tenured cellist in the Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestra and runs Duo Con Brio, a chamber music and events group. He plays with various orchestras in the Pacific Northwest area and teaches privately, in schools, and at summer music programs. He is a member of the American Federation of Music Local 99, American String Teachers Association, and the Oregon Cello Society.
In the summer of 2018, Mr. Averill sustained an extreme hand injury, causing a trip to the emergency room and hand surgery. He was unable to play for many months and required specialized physical therapy to regain use and strength of his left hand. Musicians Foundation assisted Mr. Averill by paying a month of his mortgage, which relieved the financial pressure of the expensive medical bills. As is often the case, artists like Mr. Averill have successful careers performing and teaching, but lack the safety net that would allow them time and resources to heal during times of need. Corey looks forward to continuing his musical pursuits as his hand improves.
I decided to apply having lost much of my income for the summer and a month later was elated to be awarded over $1300 to help with expenses. I am playing again and even performing a little. I expect a full recovery with time, physical therapy, and the help I received from the Foundation. Thank you!