Episode 54: Building Connection Through Music with Kyle Dillingham

Kyle Dillingham: Violinist

Kyle Dillingham, of Oklahoma City, started playing the violin when he was nine. While still in high school, Dillingham was featured twice on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and had performed with legends Roy Clark and Hank Thompson. He later went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music performance from Oklahoma City University.

Dillingham has taken his music to 41 countries earning him the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.” 

He has performed for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Beijing Central Conservatory (broadcast on Chinese national television) and Singapore’s National Day Celebration. Dillingham has also performed for many government leaders including the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors as well as for many US Ambassadors while abroad.  

Kyle says dreaming comes more naturally to him. He could talk all day about the dreams he never got done. But Kyle also says we need to be graceful with ourselves and work to do our best!

Dreaming of Professional Skateboarding

Kyle grew up wanting to be a professional skateboarder. He was so focused on his dream that he used it as motivation to continue earning money and staying in good habits. He and his best friend would spend long hours practicing and then spend the evenings watching videos and cleaning their boards.

Kyle’s dreams didn’t quite come true, but his dream taught him how to be laser focused and work hard. As a music student, he spent so much time mastering his violin. He attributes his work ethic to his skateboarding dream early on. 

The Broken Violin

One day Kyle found a box of broken violins. He picked one up and started playing, and it made a very unique sound. Each one was different, and Kyle used a different technique to play each one.

Kyle realized this is a lot like people. Each person is going to be different in the way we approach them and connect with them. What is unique about others? And how can we approach them?

Key Takeaways

  • Use your story to impact people.
  • Connect with the uniqueness of others.
  • Each dream has a purpose.

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