Member Since 2010
I started to play the cello when I was 7 and a half years old. My older sister was already learning the violin at the time, so the cello was the other available string instrument left besides the viola. Growing up on the East Coast in Pennsylvania, one of my highlights playing the cello was getting opportunities to learn from the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
I joined OCO for the first time in 2010. One of its horn players, Daniel Bao, was a volunteer with my partner's mom at San Quentin prison where they taught Spanish. She connected the two of us. My favorite orchestral piece is Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, which OCO performed in the 2015/16 season.
OCO is special because it brings together a wide range of talents and people of all different professions, with a common interest, to continue channeling their musical talents into a community space. I also have really enjoyed the chamber music opportunities that came from it as well.