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Mary-Beth Goll

Mary-Beth GollName: Mary-Beth Goll
Instrument: Violin
Years with SSO: 24

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

Second Violin Section

What is the hardest part about playing in the orchestra?

Commuting 50 miles; learning the tricky musical passages.

What keeps you coming back to the SSO each year?

The opportunity to play some of the world’s best music with a full orchestra.

What does it take to prepare for a performance?

Rehearsing with the SSO and practicing on my own.

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

The Brahms Requiem; however, I’ve enjoyed the variety of works we’ve played.

Do you play with any groups other than the SSO?

Violin/piano duets with a friend; bell choir at church.

How long have you been playing your instrument?

Since grade 4 at Bronxville School in Bronxville, NY. However, I did not play violin for many years while working and raising a family.

Did you study music? Where and when?

Yes, with Christine West in Bronxville and Richard Baritand in Hillsboro, MD, in the late ‘80s.

Who are your musical influences?

Recently, our conductor Jeffrey Schoyen and concert mistress Sachi Murasugi.

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

Joshua Bell, The Voice of the Violin

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

Classical; show tunes, “semiclassical” pieces like “Night and Day”, “Blue Moon”, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”, and some jazz.

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

A tie: Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Emperor (No. 5) Piano Concerto

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

I also play the piano.

What do you do for a living?

Retired English teacher.

Do you have any hobbies other than music? I volunteer at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, MD; civic and church activities; travel.