Connie Fortunato

Founder and President

Connie's passion is to inspire young people to dream big dreams and then work hard to achieve them. She believes that all people are talented and when involved in a dynamic and positive learning environment, can break through the limitations of a system or society that fails to “connect” with their “inner giftedness.” Her work crosses all social, economic, and religious barriers, bringing young people together from all extremes to form “one big family” that works together, respects one another, and achieves astounding results that transforms youth, communities, and countries.

In 1992, Connie began working internationally, focusing her work with orphans in Romania. In 2000 she conducted a music camp for young people in three villages—a “first” for a post-communist country. Since then, her passion has led her to Ukraine and the major cities of Romania. Everywhere she goes she works with all young people regardless of economic background or talent. She works with the Ministry of Education and Departments of Social Services to include children with various challenges, as well as foundations, foster homes, and orphanages.

In May 2014, Connie was named “Honorary Ambassador of Peace for Ukraine” the only non-Ukrainian to ever receive this award.

Connie is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, with majors in both music and literature. She has been involved in music for over forty years and published music education curriculum for preschool through adult. In 1985 her adult curriculum won the Gold Medallion award. She has conducted training seminars, served as guest conductor and clinician for choral festivals, been an adjunct professor at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and done consulting work throughout the United States.

Connie’s latest ventures are Musedics, a unique online music ensemble program for schools, micro-music hubs, and individuals in their homes, and Micro Music Moments, a video series created to provide an opportunity for the youth of the world to show support for the youth of Ukraine.

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