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Where did you grow up? Memphis, Tennessee Where do you currently live? Portland What instrument(s) do you play? Clarinets of various types, as well as saxophone Educational background: Doctorate from USC, Masters from Northwestern, Bachelor of Music [Performance, Music Education] from Southern Methodist How did you get started in music? Elementary Band in the 5th grade…. really… What non-PSO musical… Read More

Where did you grow up?  South Burlington, VT. Where do you currently live?  Milford, MA. What instruments do you play?  Oboe and English Horn. Educational background:  BS in Music Education from University of Vermont; MM and GD in Oboe Performance from NE Conservatory of Music. Family, Pets, Kids:  Husband – Robinson Pyle; Cat – Sam. How did you get started… Read More

Amanda Hardy, oboe, joined the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra as principal oboe in November 2013 where she occupies the Clinton Graffam Chair. As a recipient of the Gillet Scholarship and Tourjée Alumni Scholarship Award, Amanda studied with BSO principal oboist John Ferrillo at the New England Conservatory (NEC).  Amanda was winner of the 2010 Borromeo String Quartet… Read More

What instruments do you play? Flute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes, and some piano What is your educational background? AB degree from Mt Holyoke College, MM and DMA degrees from Manhattan School of Music When did you start playing for the PSO? 1976-1978, 1985-present Where else do you perform? Berkshire Bach Ensemble, NYC Where did you grow up? Fryeburg, ME… Read More

What is your educational background? Yale MM The Boston Conservatory BM When did you start playing for the PSO? And where else do you perform? I began performing with the Portland Symphony as a member in 2014. I have performed with the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, the Baltimore Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony and the Sarasota… Read More

What instruments do you play?  Double Bass What is your educational background? Public school programs, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA When did you start playing for the PSO? 10/1/1963 Where else do you perform? Have performed throughout New England with various orchestras and chamber music programs Where did you grow up? Warwick,NY York Harbor, Maine… Read More

Where did you grow up?   Atlanta, GA. Where do you currently live? Portland, ME. What instruments do you play? String Bass. Educational background:  Boston University, B. Mus.; University of Massachusetts/Boston, MS (CS); Alexander Schneider Christmas String Seminar (New York String Orchestra); Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Brevard Music Center; Eastern Music Festival. How did you… Read More

Where did you grow up?  Howard County, Maryland. Where do you currently live?  Watertown, MA. What instruments do you play?  Bass. Educational background:  B.M. New England Conservatory. Family, Pets, Kids:  2 kids. 1 rabbit Read More

Where did you grow up? Cleveland, OH What instrument do you play? Cello Educational background: Boston University Bachelors, St. Louis Conservatory, Masters Began with the PSO: In 1984 Any non-musical hobbies? I’m a Network Engineer for Digimarc Corporation. I enjoy being at home with my wife and twin boys. What is your favorite music? Beethoven, Mahler, and the soundtrack to the… Read More

Brent Selby, cellist and teacher, is from the small town of Bath, North Carolina, where he was raised on a farm. Up until age eleven he thought he would end up farming, but after seeing Yo Yo Ma perform on PBS he decided he was interested in music and learning to play the cello.  Luckily,… Read More

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