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QUESTION:

Have you ever done anything musical?

-- Submitted Anonymously

OSC REPLIES: - February 1, 2001

I began singing at a very early age, and enjoyed playing with harmony. I took early piano lessons, but never had the commitment to become good at it. In school I learned French horn and then tuba, switching back and forth from time to time -- in junior high I became first-chair tuba player in the statewide "all star band" in Arizona. In college I was a folkie guitar player and singer (mostly just singing with friends the songs of Peter Paul and Mary and others). Also, from my mid-teens on I sang in church choirs, which is where I gradually learned to be a pretty strong tenor. (Now I sing in the Greensboro Oratorio Society "Messiah" when I can, and the occasional solo in church.) Musical comedy, though, is my first and greatest love, and the kind of songs written by Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Bacharach and David, Sondheim, Jones & Schmidt, etc. I love singing the songs; I love directing the shows.

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