The Florida Orchestra plays its annual Holiday Pops concert this weekend, with the jolly Richard Kaufman on the podium and The Love Boat captain, Gavin MacLeod, narrating 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. (For details, see Page 3.)
Instrument/section: Principal oboe
With the orchestra since: March 2007
Hometown: Lancaster, Ohio
Education: Rice University, Eastman School of Music
Age I started studying my instrument: I started piano at age 4, oboe at age 10. Having grown up in a musical family, I sort of taught myself the flute, too.
My iPod's usually playing: Music to exercise to like Black Eyed Peas or Lady Gaga. I also love listening to opera.
Rays, Bucs or Lightning? Rays. But really, my passion is for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
I'm an expert at: making hummus
But I'm really lousy at: drawing or painting. I'm even bad at drawing stick figures!
Career path if I hadn't chosen music: a book publisher or editor. I would love to be paid for reading books!
Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: My middle name is Gertrude.
Funniest concert moment: I'm not sure if this was funny to me at the time, but for one of my recitals at Rice University, I had unfortunately scheduled it during the most important football game of the year, Ohio State vs. Michigan. My parents had traveled to see the recital and were very nervous about missing the action of the game. So my dad's remedy was to multitask: He watched the game on a handheld TV while also watching my recital!
The question you're asked most often about your instrument: "Why do you turn so red when you play the oboe?" Because the oboe is the most resistant instrument in the orchestra. I have to blow and concentrate all my air into a very tiny opening in the reed, which requires a good deal of pressure in my head. That's what causes the unsightly blood vessels to turn red!
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