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Meet your Florida Orchestra member: Kathie Aagaard, viola

With the orchestra since: 1982

I'm originally from: Wheaton, Ill.

Age I started studying my instrument: 10

My favorite piece to play on my instrument: almost any chamber music, especially Brahms

My iPod's usually playing: No iPod!! I usually listen to Celtic folk; New England contradance; Scandanavian folk; traditional Cajun.

Favorite date night/place: Contradancing at Pinellas Park Auditorium

The item I always have in my fridge and why: milk and cheese, because my family is originally from Wisconsin

I'm an expert at: well, pretty good at quilting

But I'm really lousy at: keeping the house neat because I'd rather be quilting or fiddling

Career path if I hadn't chosen music: I began college intending to be a math teacher. Then, I took a chamber music class …

Some little-known, yet interesting fact about me: I play a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. (That's a folk violin from western Norway, which has four melody strings that are played like a regular violin and four or five understrings that resonate with an echoing sound.)

The question I'm asked most often about my instrument: What's a viola? A slightly bigger, lower pitched violin … or a violin on steroids.

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