Member of the Week – Jean Haig

Every Wednesday, we feature one Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra member to answer some fun questions about themselves. Today we will be hearing from Jean Haig, our newest member in our viola section.

#1559What was your first experience with Pro Arte? How did you first learn about the Orchestra? 

I learned about Pro Arte from Kristina Nilsson and other colleagues when the orchestra was first being formed, and I had the opportunity to play as a sub while Gisele Ben-Dor was Music Director.

Who was the first to spark an interest in music within you?

My mother! She played and taught piano and harpsichord, and I used to listen to her Saturday morning piano trio rehearsals when I was 3 years old. I loved the sound of the cello and the vigorous  motions of the violin playing. I was much too small for a cello, so I started violin at an early age  and later added the viola.

Are you originally from the Boston Area? If not, where are you from and what prompted you to come here?

I am originally from the New York area and moved here when I got married.

Aside from playing music, what are some of your favorite things to do? 

Knitting, following sports, and many kinds of puzzles. Also, one of my greatest joys is  playing as part of the worship team at my church. It involves improvising, amplification, and “chamber music” with  guitars, electric bass, drums, etc. I also adore playing classical chamber music!

Do you travel much? If so, where has been your favorite place so far and where do you hope to go next? 

I have traveled to China to visit one of our daughters when she was living there, and I have an upcoming trip (my third) to South Africa to  visit another daughter, who has been there with her husband for over 5 years. I liked Israel perhaps best of all, but really my favorite destination is anywhere that I get to see my family.

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