Episode 10 // Vanessa Young – Yoga Instructor, Doula & Harpist

Two questions for everyone this week – have you ever heard of a yoga class with a live harpist? And what the heck is a doula?

Vanessa Young-Miller is a professional harpist, yoga instructor and birth doula in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area.

While her husband (JG Miller, horn) embarked on Army basic training she began a yoga training in Los Angeles, CA finding a niche in playing harp for live yoga classes. Soon after moving to Maryland, she found herself intrigued by prenatal yoga and preparing to start a family. After the birth of their first child, her passion for all things birth, postpartum and parenthood began eventually leading to learning to be a birth support person (doula) after the birth of their second child. Now three young kids deep she practices the harmony of juggling her multiple hats as well as being an avid social justice activist and abolitionist. 

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Vanessa received her Bachelor of Music at Eastman School of Music and her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed with a variety of ensembles and artists including Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca Ballet Company, Debut Orchestra, Ben Folds, and John Williams. She currently teaches harp at elite private all-girls school Holton Arms, teaches yoga at Whole Yoga Studio and has a solo doula practice

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Episode 11 // Aleks Ozolins – Software Support Pro & Hornist Doublers Podcast

Ever wondered how to get into tech without going to a bootcamp? In this episode, Aleks shares his journey into the tech world after fifteen years as a freelancer in NYC – and how a cycling accident shifted his mindset toward being open to a double career. Aleks Ozolins is a freelance French horn player in New York City and software support specialist at Knack. As a freelance musician, he’s performed with a wide variety of ensembles – from Broadway shows including Les Miserables, Wicked, and Phantom of the Opera, to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Chamber Orchestra of New York, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Pops. Recording credits include releases on Sony Classical, NAXOS, and the original Broadway cast recording of Dr. Zhivago.Aleks’ passion for technology developed in parallel with his artistic pursuits. His lifelong relationship with computers led him into his own business providing tech support for colleagues in the music industry. After Covid cleared his calendar, he decided to move full-time into the tech space. Aleks now works as the Weekend Success Lead at Knack, a no-code database development platform. On a Thursday-Monday schedule, Aleks works through customer issues during his weekday hours, and monitors company infrastructure and provides emergency support to enterprise customers on weekends.A New Jersey native, Aleks holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from The College of New Jersey along with a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance and an Artist Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music. Support the show (https://buymeacoff.ee/doublerspodcast)
  1. Episode 11 // Aleks Ozolins – Software Support Pro & Hornist
  2. Episode 10 // Vanessa Young – Yoga Instructor, Doula & Harpist
  3. Episode 9 // J.G. Miller – SFC, US Army Field Band
  4. Episode 8 // John Hong – Clarinetist, Writer & Marketing Consultant
  5. Episode 7 // Atse Theodros – Brass Repair Tech & Trumpeter

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