Music in the Round is a unique concert format that originated in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe and grew organically from the traditional jam session. The only rule: the artists must play songs they’ve written themselves, on the instruments on which they were written. 

Music in the Round audiences get to hear the artists talk about their songwriting, particularly the stories and emotions surrounding the song’s creation. It’s a treat for music lovers featuring some of the most talented musicians Columbus has to offer.

MITR XV beneficiaries include The Kirk Horn Fund for Music (at The Columbus Foundation), Tanzania Book Project, Rafiki AIDS Orphanage, Freedom a la Cart, and Short North Rotary Foundation.
Several levels of sponsorship are currently available for the event, including 5 levels of monetary sponsorship packages with show tickets, as well as in-kind sponsor donation opportunities. Please click here for sponsorship information.
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Sarah Hudson
Sarah began her professional singing career at age nine and started writing songs at age fourteen. She's opened for multiple national acts including both Willie & Lukas Nelson, The Steeldrivers, The Vespers, Donna The Buffalo and was invited to sing at the White House in 2001. In 2011 she was a top finalist in the John Lennon National Songwriting Competition, and awarded Ohio’s Best Young Artist by the Ohio Arts Presenter’s Network.  Storytelling, whether through music or spoken word has always been a passion of Sarah’s. While her parents never exposed her to country music, growing up in the rural thumb of Michigan – the Americana melodies and storytelling element of country music transuded into Sarah’s writing style. Sarah currently lives in Columbus with her husband Brad and tours regionally with her all-female band, The Salty Caramels. •
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Sam Emerson Bodary
Sam Emerson Bodary is the songwriter for local indie-folk outfit, Hello Emerson. With a new record out on 1/24/2020 via Columbus’ Anyway Records and Dresden’s K&F Records, the band has proven that earnest midwestern songwriting can have an international resonance. 

German tastemakers like Rolling Stone, DPA, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur have compared the band to The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Bright Eyes, and Sufjan Stevens, with lushly orchestrated records that create “the sublime intersection of the best American indie folk bands.” Their second record, How to Cook Everything, featured over 50 contributors from Central Ohio.

His favorite things in the world are songs, libraries, and ice cream.
photo of Kristen ElliottKristen Elliott
Kristen Elliott is a violinist, teacher, composer, and local businesswoman from Columbus, OH. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a double Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology, and is a recent MBA graduate from Capital University.

Raised in Dublin, Ohio, Kristen has been playing violin since the age of five. Growing up, she participated in multiple local music-based organizations, including Chamber Music Connection and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Since graduating from college, Kristen has spent her time outside of her full-time profession (as a technology and strategy consultant and adjunct lecturer at Ohio State) performing as a classical, folk, rock, pop, and looper violinist. She has also performed with multiple local musical groups around Columbus, including her personal band, Elliott Collective, and her other primary group, Clemens and Co. She composed and released her first full length album in September 2018 (self-titled “Elliott Collective”), as well as a live classical composition in the fall of 2017 (titled “Cosmic Thoughts”). Kristen has also recorded professional studio strings for several musicians and groups in Columbus.
 Jesse Henryphoto of Jesse Henry
Tonight you will hear Jesse Henry perform original music, talk about his involvement with the Rotary Club, Kirk Horn Music Fund, and his perception of music. Jesse is a creative musician and educator inspired with knowlege that music makes better people, community, and world.