With the orchestra since: 2002
Where you are originally from: Green Bay, Wis.
Education: Oberlin Conservatory of Music, University of Houston
Age I started studying my instrument: 3
If I weren't doing this, I'd be: a chef or a mixologist
Favorite date night place to eat out: Ciro's
I'm an expert at: making lists
But I'm really lousy at: sticking to them
Dream vacation: Trekking into the Western Egyptian desert, which I hope to do for my 40th birthday.
Hobbies and interests: All things food and cooking, mixology, wine. And sweating it all off. I mostly take boxing classes at the Fight Factory in Tampa with Peter Fernandez and run (sometimes for fun, sometimes competitively). I pride myself on being able to lift as much as some guys (not the big ones, though!).
Some little-known, yet interesting fact about you: I have a fledgling jam-making business, Daisy B's Fanciful Preserves.
Funniest concert moment: A few years back I had a stand partner who was deathly afraid of bugs. We were performing a concert at Al Lopez Park when a giant flying roach of sorts landed near his feet; he immediately stopped playing mid-phrase, grabbed a nearby box of ear-plugs, and proceeded to whack the thing to death on stage. He then calmly picked up his violin and carried on as if nothing had happened.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument: "How much is it worth?" Answer (demurely): "Asking a musician the price of her instrument is like asking a woman clearly past 30 her age." Always said with a sweet smile, of course.
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