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Port Chester, NY

Member since:

March 4, 2013

What is/are/were your instruments/s?

No answer yet

How long has it been since you played your instrument, or how long have you been playing your instrument for?

I started playing in 2004. Studied pretty serious (for an adult amateur) for about three years. Then was unable to practice much between 2008 and 2012, other than semimonthly woodwind quintet rehearsals. Once I joined NWSO last May, I got more serious about my instrument(s) again.

What music do you love to play or really want to play?

I gravitate towards late Classical/Romantic pieces. Would love to play an entire Brahms symphony (no. 3!!) And since I love the English Horn so much any piece where it's featured would be nice. New World symphony? Would love to get good enough to play Swan of Tuonela some day since this piece is the reason I am playing in the first place. I love the French composers and hope we can keep doing the Ravel and do some Debussy too. Mozart's Symphonia Concertante would be amazing (K.297b). Am also really enjoying the Copland pieces (Rite of Spring, anyone? haha). So much music, so little time!

What would you like to get out of being a member of this group? Or, if you have played with us for a while, what keeps you coming back?

What keeps me coming back are the wonderful people and the amazing music. When I started playing oboe as a 30 year old I never dreamt that I'd play in an orchestra. So this is really a dream come true for me. I love that it's motivated me to continue improving on my instrument. I look forward to continual individual and group growth.


Greetings from Hilda, your friendly neighborhood oboist.

What Hilda is saying about this Meetup Group

This orchestra is a dream come true for me. As an adult amateur musician I didn't think I'd ever get to play the great works I loved. I am so grateful that this group exists and that it has the courage to take on the very best music. It manages to achieve this in a supportive and warm environment. Over the past year we've grown from simply trying to get through a work to true expression. Joining NewWSO reinvigorated my drive to become the best musician I can be, despite having started later in life. I am now taking lessons again and practicing regularly. Playing this music, with wonderful people, is an invaluable source of peace and happiness in my life.

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