First season with the DSO: My association with the DSO began fairly soon after 1979 when my wife Nancy and I moved to Dubuque in order for me to accept a teaching position at Loras College. Nancy, a flutist, began playing occasionally in the orchestra during the last of Dr. Mahmoud’s tenure and continued to do so when Nicolas Palmer was director. Because of Nancy’s satisfying musical experiences with the DSO, I accepted the opportunity to “join the band” when that opportunity came along during Palmer’s tenure. I count my ongoing participation with the DSO as one of the main reasons I’m glad to be living in this community.
Hometown: New Philadelphia, Ohio
Education: Bachelor of Music Education in Keyboard and Choral Music – Muskingum College; Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music – Kent State University; Doctorate of Philosophy-Musicology: Organ and Sacred Music – University of Iowa
My earliest musical memory: Sitting next to the piano player in the band that played for the monthly Friday night square dances in the Grange Hall near my home.
A special story about my instrument: Among our “home” instruments is a one manual harpsichord (an English “bent-side spinet”) – custom built for us in 1985 by Mr. Paul Irvin of Glenview, IL. Beyond the normal concern that the instrument be pleasing to the ear and eye, we had one additional “size” stipulation for Mr. Irvin in terms of the construction of harpsichord: it had to fit easily into the back of our very used 1983 Subaru station wagon! Mr. Irvin crafted a beautiful, expressive (and compact) instrument for us, which we named “Bruce,” the Bentside Spinet. Bruce shares our home with a cat named “’Nina”, and a 1904 Steinway upright piano which was lovingly restored for us by Rev. John A. Speersta, formerly of Dubuque.
Other than performing music, I’ve always thought it might be fun to be an: Architect, or maybe a Consumer Reports Automobile Test Driver/Researcher.