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Playing Since: 1972
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

[Teaching] [Jamming] [Helping]

Occupation: musician

Gender: Female
Age: 60

My Instruments:
Violin & Viola both handmade by Paul Schuback from Portland, OR.
Yamaha silent violin
Olry retrofitted violin for baroque playing
another no-label for cross-tuning

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Geeze--there are so many great players out there.

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Created 1/7/2008
Last Visit 5/15/2009

I started playing violin/viola in 1972, have a degree in viola performance, and have been playing in professional level symphonies and teaching violin since 1983. About 10 years ago I started to check out old-time fiddle and love it more each day. I still play classical gigs and don't plan to quit, but fiddling has made me a better player there too. I dropped out of grad school in musicology to start a kids' fiddle group called the Bow-Dacious String Band. We have about 50 memers, aged 6-18. We perform often (about 80 times in the last 5 years) and the kids are great to work with. We meet once a week during the year. In July we have a week-long summer camp where our year-round members get to interact with local newcomers and folks from out-of-town who come for our camp. This summer will be our second time offering classes for adults and family members. It's great fun! I've been in bands that play tango, klezmer, bluegrass, and Parisian cafe styles. My current band, Oberon, the Possum King, has been together nearly 2 years. We started out with just "hard-driving old-time" and have expanded to encompass the influences of our band members' past musical lives too. A typical set now includes French Canadian & New England style tunes, Cafe music, a smathering of jazz, and folk ballads in addition to Midwest & Appalachian fiddle styles. You can visit us at

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