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Meet the Musicians
Julie A. Barton
Years with SSO: 25 years
What is your role in the orchestra (chair/principle)?
Principle, First Oboe.
What is the hardest part about playing in the orchestra?
Sunday night rehearsals while working full-time.
What keeps you coming back to the SSO each year?
I love to play music with a quality group of musicians.
What does it take to prepare for a performance?
Time, patience, practice and dedication.
Do you have a memory of a favorite performance with the SSO?
Mae Higgins and I played a duet with the orchestra under the direction of Dr. Tom Elliot.
Do you play with any groups other than the SSO?
I play in several pick-up groups including Easton Choral Society, Southern Delaware Choral Society, Community Church of Ocean Pines (solo and orchestral work), Mid-Atlantic Symphony (for 8 years) and Echos Orchestra.
When did you realize you wanted to be a musician?
I started playing piano when I was 5-years-old, flute at 9 and oboe at 10. I have always loved playing music.
How long have you been playing your instrument?
I initially started on flute. After "buzzing" a friend’s reed at Summer Band School, I begged my mom to play oboe. I fell in love with the oboe.
Did you study music? Where and when?
Yes, both at school and privately. I attended University of Delaware where I played in the orchestra, symphonic band and woodwind quintet as well as took private lessons and gave lessons.
Tell us about your most cherished musical experience.
Two summers at the New England Music Camp in Oakland, ME was an awesome experience. I played with the Boston Pops while attending University of Delaware and at Carnegie Hall with our school band in junior high. While with the SSO, I had the opportunity to play with the Moody Blues. The list of playing different places with different groups goes on and on.
Who are your musical influences?
No one in particular, but I have had the privilege of playing with and under the baton of many talented people.
What CD is in your car stereo (or on your iPod) right now?
The opening number for the May SSO concert, Overture to Donna Diana, directed by Lee Knier.
What is your favorite style of music to play? To listen to?
Christian and classical music.
What is your favorite piece of music? Who is your favorite composer/songwriter?
Handel's Water Music. I have many favorite composers, mostly from the Baroque and Classical periods.
If you had to play a different instrument, which one would you choose? Why?
Viola or cello. I have played other instruments, including French horn, trumpet, flute, piccolo, chimes and piano, but have never played a string instrument. My mom plays a beautiful cello which would be a tough act to follow. Both viola and cello have a gorgeous sound.
What do you do for a living?
Registered nurse for 33 years and school nursing for 16 years. I did critical care for 28 years and loved it!
Do you have any hobbies other than music?
I love outdoor sports including biking, walking, swimming, skiing, kayaking and all winter sports.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful daughters, all of whom are talented musicians. I love the Lord, my church and my church choir.