Musical Interests

My passion is chamber music.  This medium conveys the most intimate and deepest feelings in music, and I love playing it.  I play the cello, and have explored the literature of string quartets and quintets, and piano trios, quartets and quintets, etc.  My tastes are firmly rooted in the classical romantic tradition, from Beethoven to Shostakovich and Villa Lobos.  Every summer I participate in two week-long participatory chamber music festivals.  I am a regular attendee at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA and the Ashland Chamber Music Workshop at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR . In 1983 to 2007 I participated in the Adult Chamber Music Festival in Bozeman, MT.

I play informally -- just for the pleasure of making music together -- with several musicians in Salem in various groupings.  I perform occasionally in church. Since 2008 I have been taking cello lessons from Noah Seitz.

since 2001 I have been president of Camerata Musica, which supports and encourages chamber music in the mid-Willamette Valley.  Camerata Musica sponsors nine chamber music concerts a year in the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library, hosts an online directory of musicians on our website, and supports informal chamber music groupings as we can.

One high point: In 1991, as part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death, I organized a Mozart Marathon. On one Saturday, at the Salem Public Library, 25 Salem musicians performed, among us, all 25 string quartets of Mozart. It took nine hours! I played in three of the groups, which meant that I played nine of the 25 quartets. All of the groups rehearsed their quartets, but none sounded professional -- even those played by professional musicians, since their rehearsals were minimal.

A second high point: on November 24, 2013 I gave a concert, with the collaboration of four pianists in different pieces. The concert was at the Unitarian Universalist Church; about 120 of my friends came. My friends were kind -- the cd, not so much!

A third high point: in 2012, while visiting Vienna, I had the opportunity to play string quartets and the Schubert Quintet with Viennese musicians at the home of Ms. Sylvia Basch, who not only hosted the event and provided a fine lunch afterwards, but had a spare cello I could use! The morning was arranged through the international directory of the Amateur Chamber Music Players, of which I am a member.

I also play in an orchestra from time to time.  In November 1997 I was one of 68 cellists in a cello orchestra concert sponsored by the Oregon Cello Society. I have been treasurer and newsletter editor of the Oregon Cello Society.

Last modified April 26, 2016