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Meet Christopher ‘MrPerformingArts’ Mosley of MPA Productions in South Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher ‘MrPerformingArts’ Mosley.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My grandmother had so much influence over my love of music as there was rarely a day that went by that she didn’t have some classics playing in the basement. At the age of eight, I moved to Atlanta and the following year started my own musical journey in pursuit of the violin. Growing up in the Metro area I am an alumnus of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and Georgia State University, receiving both a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

After five years as Director of Orchestras at Tri-Cities High School, I came to the realization that I wanted to be teaching on a larger scale along with being more of an artist. In 2017 MPA Productions was created to couple my artistic desires with my passion for education. Now I am a teaching artist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, adjunct faculty at The University of West Georgia, and go in to offer current classroom teachers support. Additionally, I am an assistant conductor of the Metro Atlanta Philharmonic housed at the Southwest Arts Center and perform regularly for all types of events around the Southeast.

Has it been a smooth road?
It is one thing to have a vision for change but execution of that vision oftentimes presents problems. My story is no different. The personal doubts, the financial struggles, the naysayers, the failures, all aid in the process of building something meaningful and prosperous. Resilience is a trait that is necessary for anyone to be successful as without failure there can be no success. Leaving a stable job to be an entrepreneur has been the most liberating and difficult things to tackle. In order to execute the vision for my business I came to understand it also meant changing the mentality of what people expect a string musician to play; now that is an obstacle I continue to endure.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with MPA Productions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
MPA Productions is an orchestral support company. It provides support to current teachers who may need help in their classrooms. We use music to teach mathematics, science, physical education, history, and language. We are focused on making string musicians more visible in schools as I believe it is important for young people to see musicians that look like them playing stringed instruments. What I found was most young minority students were not interested in violin, viola, or cello because they rarely (or never) see themselves represented in orchestral settings. We also provide private music lessons either in home or during school.

MPA Productions also produces concerts. The Series on the Sevenths is a concert series that happens on the 7th, 17th, or 27th of a month. Tickets also follow that same pattern $7 in advance, $17 day of, or $27 to sponsor a school performance. We are available to provide music for any type of event with as many musicians as you need.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Atlanta is definitely home and I have always loved the freedom we feel in this city. You get to be whoever you choose to be and live your life the way you see fit. However, as in most southern cities, support for the arts is often lacking. I find it difficult to reach audiences within my community that enjoy what I have to offer. So now, I find myself constantly adjusting my approach to new music in hopes that it will connect to new audiences.

Pricing:

  • Educational Support $75/ hour
  • Performances $150/ hour
  • Private Music Lessons $400/ 6 hours

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