Assistant Principal Second Violin
What are you listening to right now?
A bunch of flute players – and not because it is my favorite instrument, but I get paid for it. I have been backstage helping the candidates during the second flute auditions as a “runner.” Also, I am listening to Jason Eckardt’s A Glimpse Retraced in preparation for my next FNM concert, and Jascha Heifetz playing a low F in his recording of the A minor Fugue by J. S. Bach.
How did you choose your instrument?
I was going to a music kindergarten, and after they taught us to read music and play a few instruments like the recorder and marimba, they had us choose the one we liked. I chose the violin. When I got my very first violin I was 5, and I begged my mom to let me take it on our first trip to Slovenia even when I didn’t know how to play it yet. Guess who really ended up carrying the violin?
What is on your nightstand?
A lamp, a photo with my husband, and four books that I am reading at the same time (not a good idea) – not only for entertainment but for vocabulary building, all four on very different subjects: And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran; The Rest Is Noise, by Alex Ross; The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Alistair Shearer; and Inés of My Soul, by Isabel Allende. You can guess why I am reading that last one. I have to confess that I like playing a game or two of solitaire on my iPhone before going to bed; it keeps my worries out of my head.
What guest artist would you most like to perform with?
That would be Mark O’Connor. Apparently I just missed his performance with the Symphony. Hopefully there will be a next time.
Besides your instrument, what is your most treasured possession?
I am really working on being detached of material possessions, but I do treasure my family and my Dr. Beat!