[Read Enrique Perez and Lydia Ramsey’s companion story – Playing your way to citizenship: A look into the musical side of immigration]

Jessica Bieniarz’s life has revolved around two things: learning to play the cello and coming back to the U.S. Her parent’s commitment to her future led them to uproot their life in Poland in pursuit of a better music future for her.

[audio:https://immigrantconnect.medill.northwestern.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Bieniarz-final-audio-Dec.-4.mp3]  Listen to Lydia Ramsey’s Playing for America: A girl’s lifelong goal for better music education opportunities

Music courtesy of Vertical Velocity String Quartet, an ensemble that includes Bieniarz on cello, performing Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51, No. 1 in C minor, Movement 4.