Member of the Week – Nancy Dimock

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 Nancy Dimock, our principal oboe.

Photo by Michael Lutch

Photo by Michael Lutch

Who is your musical hero?

I suppose I should say Marcel Tabuteau, who revolutionized oboe playing in the United States in the 20th century, but I really aspire to be like Yo Yo Ma: a terrific musician and equally great human being; he’s someone who uses music to effect positive change for many people. And he’s just really nice. 

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

I just finished Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom.” I loved it. My only regret is that I spent three years getting around to reading it because it’s long and I never seem to have time to sit down and read. 

What is your favorite piece to perform and why?

It’s hard to choose one piece! I love playing Brahms’ orchestral works– so lush and satisfying, but I also love to play Stravinsky and music that needs to be precisely put together to work well. Then there’s Ravel, Poulenc, Beethoven, Bach, Respighi… I just can’t stop. 

Do you listen to non-classical musical genres?  If so, what are some of your favorites?

Most of my non-classical listening is non-musical, I must admit. I listen to lots of different podcasts and I’m addicted to audiobooks for my long commutes.

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