Page Miller, from Ellicott City, MD, is a sophomore at Salisbury University majoring in accounting. She has been playing the violin in the SSO for two years.
How long have you been playing the violin?
I've been playing since the third grade. I was in a gifted and talented orchestra in elementary and middle schools, and went on to play in my high school's symphony orchestra.
Do you come from a musical family?
My family loves music. My father plays the drums, my mother sings, and my brother plays the trumpet!
What role does music play in your college experience?
Although I'm majoring in accounting, I wanted to go to a college that had a symphony orchestra. In addition to the symphony, I also play in the SU Chamber Orchestra. Playing the violin lets me be a person and not just a suit! I am not a solo player; I much prefer to play with groups of people, and I love playing with the symphony.
Do you face any challenges when playing your instrument?
I am working hard on improving my tone; mechanical ability isn't sufficient. If it doesn't sound good, what's the point?
Who is your favorite composer, and what kind of music do you like?
My favorite is the Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu who writes works for video games with full orchestra. I love waltzes--music one can dance to--and am really enjoying rehearsing the romantic music for the December 2009 SSO concert. One of my favorite pieces of music is Night on Bald Mountain.
What are your hobbies in addition to music?
I love to read and play video games.
Do you think you will continue to play the violin after you graduate?
I'm sure wherever my job opportunities take me, playing the violin will be an important part of my life.