Lynn Hannings, double bass
Where did you grow up? New York City.
Where do you currently live? Freeport, Maine.
What instruments do you play? Double Bass.
Educational background: New England Conservatory; University of New England; Apprenticeship in bowmaking, William Salchow, NY; Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship/ Annette Kade Fellowship for advanced study in France.
Family, Pets, Kids: I am married to a super guy who is lots of fun to be with! We have 3 great adult children (Kiern, Brent and Eve), a wonderful son-in-law (Mike), and a fantastic grand-daughter named Faith. My mother turned 90 years old this spring (2012) and still attends all PSO concerts. I love living in Maine and am proud to have been a member of the PSO since 1969!
How did you get started in music? I attended New York Philharmonic Young Peoples concerts and was hooked one day when Gary Karr performed The Swan from Carnival of the Animals. I went home and told my parents my dream of playing the bass and their enthusiasm and support helped to make my dream a reality.
What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in? I am a bowmaker and repairer and run a business as well as teaching these subjects at Claremont Colleges and at the University of New Hampshire every summer. I met my husband while performing with the Greater Freeport Community Chorus. I perform with ballet groups and the Bach Festival. I also headed an organization to reforest endangered woods used in bow-making.
What’s your favorite PSO memory to date? There was a terrible snowstorm in April that dumped feet of snow on Portland, stranding the orchestra members at Merrill Auditorium over night. We called out to a local restaurant for food and received a case of pretzels and a case of bourbon!! After that unusual dinner, I was glad to be able to curl up in my bass case and get a good nights sleep!
Describe a typical day: Up early, work a few hours at Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop, go to my shop, home for dinner and practice or off to rehearsal.
What is the question you’re asked most often when you tell people you play with the PSO? People are excited to hear and immediately want to know what instrument I play. When I tell them the bass, they either respond by saying “don’t you wish you had taken up the flute?” or “How tall is that guy in the bass section??” I always promote the orchestra as the talented and energetic group that we are and encourage folks to come to a concert.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would be your dream job? From my seat on stage, I am surrounded by tropical hardwoods. If I couldn’t be a musician, I would devote my time to protecting the future of symphony orchestra instruments and classical music by working for the sustainable use and reforestation of these essential woods.
Any non-musical hobbies? Enjoying time with my family.
What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to? Gregorian chant is my favorite. I am currently listening to Frank Sinatra early years!
Who or what has been your greatest influence, musical or otherwise? Loving Mom and Dad who inspired me to follow my dreams and never to be afraid to try new things. The very best teachers in the world for both bass and bow-making.
Favorite eats in Portland? The East Ender, Middle St.
Contact Info for potential students: faculty Bowdoin College.
Find me also at: www.lahbows.com