Susan Burek, Rajamani teaches daughter Priya
Oliver's approach is to help students find their own musical voices through their instruments. There are no wrong answers, only steps on a journey, and he's patient enough to allow each student to complete the journey at their own pace. For Oliver, music seems to be a way to find harmony and share it with the world.
Anita Jung, LPC, division director, LifeWorks counseling services
Since music is all around us the song of a sparrow, the chirp of a cricket, the whisper of a breeze it only made sense to combine it with therapeutic work. Oliver's music in particular speaks to our sensual perceptions, and allows us to connect to our inner world in an often mystical way.
Tina Marsh, founder, director, vocalist, and chief composer of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra
Oli was always so gentle and unassuming, I had no idea for a while how much fire he really has for music and for human beings. Oliver has a special and gentle presence with people who are fragile. We did many, many different projects over the years with children. He's like a pied piper.
Hartt Stearns, percussionist, co-founder and director of the One World Theatre
Oliver came into my office once, expressing frustration with the whole rat race of the music business. He seemed to have a pivotal visit to India, seeing his family and reorienting his goals. He started to realize how fulfilling it was to work with youth.