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Meet the Florida Orchestra: Jeffrey Stephenson, English horn, oboe

Age: 26.

With the orchestra since: October 2009, but this is my first official season.

Education: Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and Rice University in Houston.

Age I started studying my instrument: 13.

My iPod's usually playing: Coldplay, Beethoven, Leona Lewis, Brahms or an audiobook.

I'm an expert at: chicken and dumplings.

But I'm really lousy at: most sports.

Last book I read was: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.

Dream vacation: Paris.

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: culinary school or art history.

An offbeat fact about you: I was born and raised in the Carolinas and never developed a Southern accent.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): What actually is the English horn? It's a member of the oboe family (a double-reed woodwind) and has a lower, mellower voice. What's funny is that it's not English, and it's not a horn. It's a French instrument and the name got messed up in translation. Cor angle (angled horn) sounds just like cor anglais (English horn).

Meet the Florida Orchestra: Jeffrey Stephenson, English horn, oboe 10/13/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 4:39pm]
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