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Amy Sterling

Amy SterlingWhat instruments do you play?

Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone

When did you start playing music? Why?

My family members were active church singers and bought a piano when I was eight. My older sister (13) and brother (11) both turned down an offer of lessons. Since my family could only afford one us to study, the opportunity fell to me.

What inspires you?

A selfless love and loss in service to musical expression whether it comes from composers, performers, conductors, volunteers or audiences. Also, the blending of souls art gives to us as human beings.

Do you make a living performing?

I have always performed here since my return in 1984. I don’t make a living solely from performing but supplement my income from teaching the various woodwind instruments at my private studio in Dover.

Who is your favorite composer?

Honestly, it depends on what I am playing at the time!

Where can you be seen performing in the community?

I can usually be seen in the double reed sections of the regional orchestras, as well as Broadway style shows and as a soloist in area churches. I also play in trios, quartets and the Papillons Woodwind Quintet.

What do you think the Eastern Shore can do to improve its performing arts scene?

Work together instead of competing with each other.

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