1. What university or conservatory did you attend?
The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. I earned a Bachelor of Music in viola performance.
2. What is your favorite piece (or pieces) to play in the orchestra?
Any Mahler Symphony...or any overture to a Broadway show.
3. Do you have a pre-concert ritual or routine?
Nap with my kitties, shower, pack a light snack (my big meal is at lunch), and drive to the hall while listening to talk radio.
4. Describe your favorite NSO moment:
My daughter, Rachel, arrived a week later than her due date, but I felt fine and kept coming to work. This unnerved my stand partner, Carlos, who wouldn't let me lean forward to turn pages. He sternly said, "If you turn the pages, I'll need to bring in my galoshes!"
5. What are three songs or pieces you love to listen to?
Any songs from "A Chorus Line," "Wicked," or "Company."
6. Did you grow up in a musical household?
There was always music playing in our house...classical, jazz, Broadway...all kinds! My mother plays piano very well. My brother is a doctor, but he is also concertmaster of the Park Avenue Chamber Orchestra in NYC. My father has a wonderful ear for music and a nice singing voice. My husband is a physician, plus he plays bassoon in Trinity Chamber Orchestra and the NIH Philharmonia. Our daughter took lessons on several instruments, but found her passion in dance, which was her Minor in college.
7. What did you want to be growing up?
My childhood dream was to be a figure skater, although I never had the opportunity to have lessons. Still, I skated at the local outdoor skating rink every weekend through high school.
a. When did you know you wanted to be a professional classical musician?
At the age of thirteen, I attended Red Fox Music Camp as a piano major and a viola minor. While playing viola in the junior orchestra that summer, something clicked! I spent hours listening to the senior orchestra rehearse and knew that was what I wanted to do as a career, much to the dismay of my parents and my piano teacher.
8. What is your favorite thing about living in the DC area?
Everything, but I especially love being able to see the monuments across the Potomac River as I drive to the Kennedy Center.
9. Where is your favorite DC hangout?
Montgomery County Airpark! My father and brother are private pilots. When they fly in with my mom for a visit, we enjoy having lunch at the airpark café.
10. Do you have any pets?
Yes, two cats! Garrison and Bernstein are our substitute babies now that our daughter Rachel has grown up to become an ER nurse. They are cuddly brothers with gorgeous black fur and green eyes.
11. What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Hanging out in front of a roaring fire in our fireplace with family, friends, and our kitties.
12. Favorite movie:
"A Chorus Line," with music by Marvin Hamlisch.
13. Favorite book:
The House of God, by Samuel Shem. It's been described as "Catch-22 with stethoscopes."
14. Favorite sports team:
I'm an avid figure skating fan. I tape all of the competitions and devour figure skating journals. Team sports aren't my thing.
15. Name one thing people would be surprised to know about you.
I've performed more concertos as a pianist than as a violist.