Status: Community Musician
Graduated from Illinois State University & Indiana University: 2003, 2007 (Bachelor of Music, MA in Musicology & Masters of Library Science)
Number of Seasons: 5
Playing in the RWCCO is what really keeps me connected to music – which might sound strange, since so much of my work involves music – choosing and announcing music for the radio, booking bands at The Little Theatre Café, interviewing musicians and arranging other programs…but on Monday nights, even when I am exhausted and punchy, it is so good to actually play music, reconnecting with my love for playing the viola and being part of a group of musicians who work to make something bigger than ourselves. Knowing that rehearsal is coming up each week motivates me to make that extra time in my days to get my viola out of its case and practice on my own; even when it is just a few minutes in the morning before work, I’m always happy that I do.
I love that we take on big, exciting pieces of music – things that push us technically, and more importantly, push us to be better, more expressive musicians who are able to communicate and work together. Dr. Shewan is great at challenging us while being encouraging and having a sense of humor.
And look at all of us – students from all over the world, community members with all different backgrounds and experiences, high schoolers and retirees…all working together because of our love of music and sharing it with the community through our performances, including our annual school concert, where hundreds of elementary school kids learn about all the instruments in the orchestra and get caught up in the excitement of hearing a live orchestra.