Member Since 2012
Paula Hollowell started playing the cello when she was 10 years old. Her family doctor said she had too much energy, so she should begin playing an instrument. His prescription was to take lessons from his 14-year-old daughter, a cellist, for 75 cents an hour. Fortunately, she studied with the best cello teacher in San Diego!
Paula played cello through high school and college but took time off to become a VISTA Volunteer in South Central Los Angeles. She came to UC Berkeley for graduate school in social work in 1972. She was the cellist for St. Joseph the Worker in Berkeley for many years and currently is the cellist for St. Jarlath's in Oakland. She is also in the Oakland Community Orchestra and the Holy Names University Orchestra.
Paula spent her professional career as a social worker in Child Welfare in Contra Costa County. She devotes much of her time now playing the cello, working with St. Mother Teresa's nuns, and figuring out how to bring peace to our world.