Trustee of the Week – John Barstow

Every Wednesday, we feature one Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra member to answer some fun questions about themselves. Pro Arte is a tight knit group where the musicians, board of trustees and staff work together as a unit. Today, we will be featuring our “Trustee of the Week” instead of our usual “Musician of the Week.” Meet John Barstow.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 10.19.50 AMHow long have you been with Pro Arte and what has been your favorite experience thus far?

I have been a Pro Arte subscriber since the early 80’s; I have been a Trustee since 1988 or so. My favorite experience was seeing and hearing Yo-Yo Ma play the Shostakovich concerto with Pro Arte in front of a sold-out house, and then being left in the dust during bidding at the benefit auction after the concert.

Outside of the time you spend with the Orchestra, what are some of your favorite things to do?

I like to read, attend all sorts of (mostly classical) concerts, dine with my wife and friends, watch the Red Sox with my wife (who is the real sports fan in the family). I have loved watching my kids grow up and do things that I couldn’t have imagined.

What sorts of things inspire you and spark your creativity?

I’m inspired when I can bring knowledge, experience, and understanding to solve problems or help other people. Whether that involves my profession of software engineering or taking photographs for Pro Arte or my son’s former youth orchestra (BYSO), I feel happy when I can find a way to improve things.

What is your most vivid memory in life and why?

The most vivid memory that I’ll share is being present when my children were born. Having children changes you.

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