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most sophisticated system - but when you’re in charge of finding housing for over 120 musicians throughout a three-week span in the summer, efficiency takes precedence over sophistication. The system has yet to fail. “I don’t think we’ve lost any musicians,” Johnson jokes. “I don’t think we’ve had to make anyone sleep on the street.” As the head of the housing committee, Arla works alongside Thalia Duffield and Diane Rook-Johnson to match musicians with host families during their stay. Once host families are identified, their information - including accommodations, availability, as well as other factors such as pets - are listed out on an index card. Meanwhile, each musician is assigned a Post-It note. Then, the months-long process of matching musician to host begins. Despite the heavy workload leading

up to the festival and the last minute changes, Arla remains the reliable center of a consistently moving operation. A lifelong music lover, she began working with LAMF by arranging lunches for the musicians. After finding that to be outside of her interest, she remained resolute in staying involved. “I guess I would feel guilty going to the concerts if I hadn’t volunteered in some way! And I can’t think of any other way I’d like to volunteer,” she explains. Arla’s level head has suited her well in her position, and her naturally hospitable nature has also lead her to open up her own home as well. The bond between hosts and musicians tend to be substantial, with many hosts and musicians alike requesting to stay with each other season after

season - as well as staying in touch throughout the year. When Arla heard on NPR that the home orchestra of her previously hosted musician would be moving into their new venue this fall, she texted. When Christmas arrived that winter, holiday wishes were exchanged. But, of course, for Arla - it all comes back to the music. “When you see how full that auditorium is on a Wednesday night, or a Sunday afternoon - I think it’s made people feel that this is worthwhile, that this is exciting, this is something that the community supports and needs to support.” n

Hannah Burchill is the digital media manager for the Lakes Area Music Festival. During her festival offseason, she works in Client Services at Russell Herder and skates with the North Star Roller Girls under the name Maul Bunyan. She lives with her 20-pound tabby, Dr. Spaceman.

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Her Voice Magazine Summer 2016  

• Making Waves: We love our lakes, but do we care enough to preserve them? Claire Steen does. • A Snapshot of Cuba: While close in distance,...

Her Voice Magazine Summer 2016  

• Making Waves: We love our lakes, but do we care enough to preserve them? Claire Steen does. • A Snapshot of Cuba: While close in distance,...

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