Hello! This is 2017 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow Joseph Guimaraes and I'm taking over the #PDSoros Instagram account this week. I'm an immigrant from Brazil and I'm studying Tuba Performance at Yale. I'm writing to you from Sapporo, Japan where I have been performing with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra for the last two weeks. It is not uncommon for the tuba parts in large symphonic repertoire to be quite sparse - play a note here and there with a lot of time off in-between. During one of these rehearsals, I began to think of a theme for my weeklong takeover of the Paul and Daisy Soros Instagram account. Harmony - the picture you see is comprised of myself on tuba; a Brazilian, a Chinese, a Dutch, an American and a Dane - No, this is not the start of a joke. Upon arriving in Sapporo, musicians from all around the world sat together in a room and listened. Yes, we all played the music that was on the page, but more than that we listened. At first, there was a multitude of sounds, interpretations, articulation and other subtleties - each beautiful in its own right. It wasn't before long, that through listening, we all placed our egos aside and began to harmonize as one. The realization of a common goal and the maturity to be malleable allows for even the most apparently dissimilar ensembles to create the most unimaginably beautiful music - harmony.