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Alison Hale, flute

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

Where do you currently live? Brattleboro, VT

Family, Pets, Kids: Husband, two grown children, Piper the dog

Describe a typical day. I practice for two hours, walk the dog for an hour, have lunch, then teach and/or rehearse the rest of the day.

What is your favorite PSO memory to date? Elaborate post-concert receptions at my parents’ home on the Western Prom.

How did you get started in music? My mom picked the flute for me in third grade.

What is the most frequently asked question when you tell someone that you play for the PSO? What instrument do you play?

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would be your dream job? US alpine ski team

What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to? Big band

What are your hobbies? Skiing and sailing

What or who has been your greatest influence in life? My mom, the musician, and my dad, the skier.
What is your favorite thing about Maine? My log cabin on a lake in Fryeburg.

What/where are your favorite places to eat in Portland? 20 Milk St at the Regency Hotel,
Union at the Press Hotel

To contact Alison Hale: Cell – 802-579-6401 | email – ahale@mtholyoke.edu

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