How long have you been a cellist? I started cello when I was 14. I had played the viola in my school in Oklahoma, but when my family moved out to west Texas, my new school didn’t have any cello players. My teacher offered me a free loaner cello and a few lessons if I would switch, so I thought, “what the heck? I’ll try something new!”. I am so glad she had confidence in me – I was a lousy viola player!
Do you play any other instruments? As a former orchestra teacher, I still dabble on violin, viola, and string bass. I also recently picked up the electric bass for a gig – that was fun! My husband and I bought a bagpipe chanter last year just for fun, but the only noises that have come out of it thus far are only suited for horror movies. Maybe someday!
What music do you listen to for fun? I’ll listen to just about anything, but currently my favorite genres are singer/songwriter/folk and Celtic music.
Do you have any cool hobbies? Cross stitching is probably not cool, but it’s something I enjoy when I have some down time.
Do you speak any other languages? Does Texan count? I’ve got the accent down pat, y’all.
What’s your favorite color? Purple!
What did you want to be when you grew up? I went through a lot of different phases – police officer, nurse, Air Force pilot – but my love for music and education has never changed. I love teaching, and I love being a performing musician. It is a childhood dream come true.
What do you hope people get out of one of your performances? Sometimes, I hope my audience laughs; sometimes I hope they cry; sometimes I hope they connect with a lost memory, and I often hope they are thinking fondly of a loved one. But I always hope for an emotional reaction – something deep down in their heart that only music can draw out. I especially love performing in a Christian worship setting, when people are eager to hear from God. Deep calls to deep – music is such a vital part of that worship experience.
Why do you like performing? See above! 🙂
How does playing at a wedding make you feel? It is such an honor to have such an important part of a couple’s day entrusted to us. I still get goosebumps at EVERY single wedding as the bride walks down the aisle – that moment when two lives are about to change forever!
Is there one fun fact about yourself you’d like to share? I really like to learn new things, and I’ve had lots of different part-time jobs in my life that I thought would teach me something important (some of them simply taught me the kids of things that I do not enjoy doing!). I have worked as a telemarketer, a hospital unit coordinator, a symphony musician, a child/family photographer, a skate/hockey rink employee, a retail manager, a teacher, and now, my favorite, a performing musician. Variety is the spice of life, I suppose!
Do you have a favorite piece you enjoy playing? I suppose I’m one of the few cellists who enjoys playing Pachelbel’s Canon! I love the ceremonial feel of those first eight notes on solo cello – and as the other musicians join in, I can relax and take in the beauty of the event without having to bury my face in the music. Plus, it takes me back to own wedding day. 🙂
Do you have a piece you wish you’d never have to play again? Umm…I wish I never had to play a Sousa march again. So many memories of hot outdoor concerts and fireworks debris burns. 😉
What do you enjoy about teaching music? It is an indescribable feeling to help a student to that “lightbulb” moment – the moment when they realize they CAN do something really special! Music has changed my life in so many ways, and it is such a privilege to help other kids and adults find the means to express themselves in such a special and unique way.