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Meet Florida Orchestra violinist Ginny Respess

Age: Older than I look, but still able to clearly recall the college days.

With the orchestra since: January 2009

Hometown: Atlanta

Education: Indiana University, Cleveland Institute of Music

Age I started studying my instrument: 2

My iPod's usually playing: Alison Krauss, definitely. Lots of classic rock while I'm driving: Kansas, Creedence, Aerosmith. Coldplay when I'm in a brooding mood. Michael Bublé when I'm in a happy mood. The old songstresses — Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone — when I'm cooking. Country music — Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Big and Rich — when no one else is around!

Last book I read was: Just starting Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer after going (mostly) vegetarian last year.

I'm an expert at: Galaga. They had the arcade game backstage at the Atlanta Symphony when I was growing up and one of the cellists showed me how to rig it so I didn't have to put in a quarter. Nobody I know has ever beaten me.

But I'm really lousy at: dating.

Dream vacation: a summer rental in County Kerry, Ireland, with weekend trips to the Hebrides and the British Museum in London. Maybe even a summer job shearing sheep.

Hobbies and interests: teaching violin, gardening, walking the world's best behaved dog, crossword puzzles, family and risky, adventurous things that involve heights.

Some little-known yet interesting fact about you: When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be a pilot and a spy with the cover ID of a jazz club singer (I watched a lot of old WWII movies).

Funniest concert moment: dog barking in Mahaffey Theater last year during a solemn quiet moment. I think that pooch was my favorite audience member ever!

Meet Florida Orchestra violinist Ginny Respess 10/27/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 5:45pm]
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