Member of the Week – Barbara Englesberg

Every Wednesday, we will be featuring one Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra member to answer some fun questions about themselves. Today we will be hearing from Barbara Englesberg, our assistant concertmaster.


Photo by Angel Amy Moreno

What is your non-musical hobby?

I love to ride my bicycle most places and walk a lot for exercise year round.  I take modern dance, ballet, and dance exercise classes year round.  In the summer I also love hiking and camping.

What would your occupation be if you were not a musician? 

I would probably be more of an academic musician- do more college teaching than I do now, especially in music history.  Other fields of interest have been ethnomusicology, anthropological linguistics, psychology, and dance. 

What is your favorite memory from performing with Pro Arte?

I performed Newell Hendricks’s (my husband’s) Violin Concerto with Pro Arte in 1981, which Newell conducted. Also, in 1983, we performed his oratorio, El Salvador, with the Back Bay Chorale. Larry Hill, our founding Music Director, conducted.  Many people remember that performance vividly.

What was the most recent book you read?  What did you like or not like about the book? 

I’m still reading Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. It is fascinating to learn about  social movements, class struggles, and events that are not covered in regular history classes. 

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