My #BeAlive Moment: Jenna

Groupmuse is collecting stories about your #BeAlive Moment! Tweet @groupmuse, tag us on Facebook, or email your story of any length to and we’ll use it to get even more people involved. This week: how Jenna Murphy-Judelson, a ‘muser in Boston, got involved with our “magical society full of friends, wine, and live, raw, classical music.”

Because art is better with your friends.

I walked up to an unfamiliar door. I had gotten the address after my friend told me to sign up for a classical music house party online. The premise sounded great: but while I pride myself on being independent, I was nervous knowing that on the other side was a room full of strangers.

Inside Sam Bodkin, the Groupmuse founder, was bouncing around the room talking a mile a minute about how we can keep classical music alive. I don’t think I have ever met anyone as passionate and outgoing as Sam. A table was set in the corner covered in wine, beer,and snacks. A grand piano took up the majority of space in the small apartment living room, chairs were scattered around it, and 20-odd people were standing around chatting.

I remember being so surprised about how consistently friendly everyone was. Perhaps it was due to a slow learning curve on my part, but I continue to be in awe at the quality of the people you meet at Groupmuses. In fact, it didn’t dawn on me that this is how Groupmuse was until my 6th or 7th visit when Sam told me to stop being so nervous about coming by myself. “You already know most of the people here,” he said. “We like to think of this as a community”.

A community. Finally, it resonated. I had stumbled upon a magical society full of friends, wine, and live, raw, classical music. Once that sunk in; I never stopped coming back.

Originally published at on April 6, 2015.

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