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Kevin Mcmahon | music director and conductor

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Monica Hrudik

What is your occupation outside of the symphony?

Orchestra teacher, grades 7-12 at Manitowoc Public Schools

Who is your favorite composer, and why?

Vaughn Williams- I love his beautiful, lush string writing and how he captures a purely English sound.  

What is your favorite piece to play, and why?

I love playing Carmina Burana. It’s such a powerful piece, richly orchestrated, and has a unique story behind it.   

When I listen to music for me, I listen to (genre, artist, etc.):

Jazz- violinist Regina Carter is my favorite! My guilty pleasure is 80s hair bands!

How many years have you played for the SSO?

5

What’s your favorite thing about playing in the SSO?

We play great repertoire and have a wonderful group of musicians.

What instrument(s) can you play other than what you play in the SSO?

Piano and strings, but just to teach!

How often and for how long do you practice?

Typically, 5-6 days a week, 1-2 hours.

When and why did you start playing?

I started violin 29 years ago in my elementary school. I already played piano, but orchestra offered the opportunity to make music as a group.  

Do you perform outside of the symphony?

Yes! I have a jazz combo and enjoy playing chamber music for events.

What advice would you give beginning musicians?

While it is certainly challenging to learn an instrument, the payoff is huge! This is something that will bring you joy your entire life.

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Rebecca Bartels  

What is your occupation outside of the symphony?

I am a semi-retired teacher; before retirement, I was a middle school teacher for U.S. History and German. I was also and am currently a teacher for the visually impaired. 

Who is your favorite composer, and why?

Tchaikovsky. I find his music to be very melodic and dramatic. (Plus, it’s fun for the audience.)

What is your favorite piece to play, and why?

It’s pretty difficult to name just one… Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev. I love the soaring melodies and dissonant harmonies.  

When I listen to music for me, I listen to (genre, artist, etc.):

I usually listen to classical music (many artists), but also rock and roll (love the Beatles, particularly.)

How many years have you played for the SSO?

I started playing in 1979; took off a year somewhere in there… so 37 years (Yikes!)

What’s your favorite thing about playing in the SSO?

Making beautiful music and sharing it with the audience.

What instrument(s) can you play other than what you play in the SSO?

Some piano and guitar.

How often and for how long do you practice?

It depends on the week, 2-4 hours.

When and why did you start playing?

I started playing in the 5th grade. A relative bought a violin and it was sitting unused in our basement! My parents felt somebody should play it.

Do you perform outside of the symphony?

Yes; I play in the Con Brio Quartet for weddings or gatherings. I have also played in the Fond Du Lac Festival Orchestra.

What advice would you give beginning musicians?

Don’t give up! Be patient until your sound develops. Music is a hobby you can keep up even as you get older.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Cross

What is your occupation outside of the symphony?

Sales

Who is your favorite composer, and why?

Right now, Maurice Ravel because his orchestra writing (not Bolero) is so incredibly alive and colorful. Also Ralph Vaughan Williams is tied for first because of his melody.  

What is your favorite piece to play, and why?

Anything brassy and exciting! Mahler, Wagner, R Strauss, and Copland.

When I listen to music for me, I listen to (genre, artist, etc.):

Funk, folk, classical, and Puccini for opera.

 How many years have you played for the SSO?

This is my fourth season.

What’s your favorite thing about playing in the SSO?

Working with Kevin, the brass as well as the rest of the orchestra, and regularly preforming for the community.

What instrument(s) can you play other than what you play in the SSO?

All size trumpets, cornet, and flugelhorn.

How often and for how long do you practice?

Daily, 1-3 hours.

When and why did you start playing?

 Fifth grade. I wasn’t paying attention in class and I thought it was mandatory.

Do you perform outside of the symphony?

As much as I can.

What advice would you give beginning musicians?

Practice your scales! The more you focus on fundamentals, the better you get and then you can play more interesting music! Do your absolute best on every single phrase you play!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Bruinooge

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What is your occupation outside of the symphony?

Retired. (I was a medical technologist)

Who is your favorite composer, and why?

J.S. Bach- I liked his style of music and the way it’s arranged.

What is your favorite piece to play, and why?

Handel’s “Messiah.” It is very inspiring to play.

When I listen to music for me, I listen to (genre, artist, etc.):

I enjoy listening to classical music and country-western music.

How many years have you played for the SSO?

Approximately 50 years.

What’s your favorite thing about playing in the SSO?

I enjoy working with the director and the music.

What instrument(s) can you play other than what you play in the SSO?

I play the violin in the symphony. I also play the piano and the organ.

How often and for how long do you practice?

I practice about three or four times a week, for about an hour each time.

When and why did you start playing?

I started in 1950. I heard a man in our church play a violin solo and I wanted to play, also. My mother also wanted me to play piano.

Do you perform outside of the symphony?

I am a church organist. I play for the chapel service in two nursing homes.

What advice would you give beginning musicians?

Do plenty of practice so you keep improving, and don’t give up. I’ve talked to people who played when they were young and were sorry they gave it up before they were adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Schieler- Cellist

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What is your occupation outside of the symphony?

-Director of the “Everybody Singers” Choir at Our Saviour’s UCC Church, in Ripon, WI, and a retired elementary teacher.

Who is your favorite composer, and why?

Tchaikovsky- Every piece I’ve ever played was enjoyable.

What is your favorite piece to play, and why?

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” because both are very powerful and beautiful pieces.

When I listen to music for me, I listen to (genre, artist, etc.):

Classical of all varieties and Rock and Roll, mainly 50’s and 60’s.

How many years have you played for the SSO?

6.5 (Previously played for Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra for 34 years).

What’s your favorite thing about playing in the SSO?

The friendly and helpful people I get to work with.

What instrument(s) can you play other than what you play in the SSO?

No other instruments, but my husband Pete and I perform many vocal duets in our church.

How often and for how long do you practice?

Varies according to what I happen to be working on. Pieces that I’ve never played before require more practice than works I have played many times.

When and why did you start playing?

I started playing cello as a third grader. I knew nothing about the instruments, but I volunteered because they needed a cellist. It was taller than I was!

Do you perform outside of the symphony?

I played for many years in the “Four Seasons” quartet, and I perform in a flute/violin/cello trio.

What advice would you give beginning musicians?

I was fortunate to grow up in the Milwaukee area, and had many great opportunities to perform in city-wide events. My advice to them is to take advantage of any opportunities that come their way.

 

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