Catherine Anne McKenna - This character is an Irish composer who finds it difficult to talk about music.
Mrs. McKenna - This character is a traditional and old-fashioned Irish housewife. She takes care of her family and is devout in her religious beliefs.
Brendan McKenna - This character has a history of drinking too much and is a devout Catholic, but has a falling out with his daughter over her lack of belief.
Granny Boyd - This character sews on a pedal-operated Singer sewing machine. She sings as she keeps time with the rhythm of the pedal.
Miss Bingham - This is the main character's first music teacher.
Huang Xiao Gang - This character is a Chinese composer.
Anatoli Melnichuck - This is the main character's mentor.
Olga Melnichuck - This is the main character's mentor's wife and translator.
Sister Immaculata - This is the main character's...
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