With the orchestra since: 1980
I'm originally from: a large musical family in Bowling Green, Ohio
Age I started studying my instrument: 9
My favorite piece to play on my instrument: Yankee Doodle
Favorite places in Tampa Bay: the boardwalks in Lettuce Lake Park in northeast Tampa, House of Siam family kitchen in St. Pete, the Messianic Synagogue in South Tampa, the Henry B. Plant Museum at UT and backstage at Mahaffey (even though the men's shower curtains are a foot too short)
The items I always have in my fridge and why: sharp cheddar, eggs, Raisin Bran, whole grain bread, fruit, coffee. For a great breakfast each day.
Career path if I hadn't chosen music: My attorney-uncle offered to send me to law school because I liked to argue.
Best compliment at a concert: Not my violin playing. During intermission, a guy in the viola section asked me how it felt to be sitting beside "the most beautiful girl in the orchestra." I could have kissed him.
The question I'm asked most often about my instrument: "You mean you actually get paid to play that thing?" (Were he living, my dad might still be asking "When are you going to get a real job?")