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Bobbie Thamert

bobbiethamertInstrument: Violin
Years with SSO: 25

What is your role in the orchestra (chair/principle)?

Principal 2nd Violin.

What is the hardest part about playing in the orchestra?

Playing your own part with correct bowings, articulation, dynamics, rhythms, etc. while listening to other voices in the ensemble and watching the conductor all at once.

What keeps you coming back to the SSO each year?

The music is challenging – keeps me practicing. The musicians are like family.

What does it take to prepare for a performance?

A lot of individual practice – working out fingerings, practicing with a metronome.

Do you have a memory of a favorite performance with the SSO?

The very first one! It was so thrilling to have a local orchestra. We were not very good, but it was the start of something that has been a part of my life since.

Do you play with any groups other than the SSO?

I play in a trio. I also play in the Asbury Orchestra.

When did you realize you wanted to be a musician?

In high school.

How long have you been playing your instrument?

A long time.

Did you study music? Where and when?

I started taking lessons as a child. My grandfather was a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He gave me lessons until college. I studied with Oliver Steiner in college.

Tell us about your most cherished musical experience.

Last summer I went to see the Philadelphia Orchestra. David Kim (concertmaster) was a soloist. He was only 6-7 years old while I was in college. I was his violin tutor and practiced with him 2 hours a day. He was taking lessons from Dorothy Delay at Julliard and I worked with him between lessons. It was a joy to see him again. He had tickets waiting for me and we had e-mailed back and forth. We met after the concert.

Who are your musical influences?

Grandfather, Milstein, Perlman, Elman, Oistrach.

What CD is in your car stereo (or on your iPod) right now?

Mendelssohn Piano Trio with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax.

What is your favorite style of music to play? To listen to?

Baroque is fun to play, but Romantic is my favorite to listen to.

What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite composer/songwriter?

Anything by Brahms and Beethoven.

If you had to play a different instrument, which one would you choose? Why?

I would not change.

What do you do for a living?

Retired string/orchestra teacher.

Do you have any hobbies other than music?

Taking care of dogs.