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Julie SadlerName: Julie Sadler
Hometown: Currently I am a Wabashian, although I have lived in ten other states and Germany
Instrument: Viola
Years in the MSO: Ten or eleven

Who is your favorite American composer and why?
I am very fond of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, as it was one of my father's treasured LPs and played often in our house when I was a child. This piece was probably my first clear understanding of program music -- how music can literally paint a picture with sound. However, as my training and preference is for Baroque and Classical music, and that music is dominated by Europeans, the American composer with whom I am best acquainted and most fond would be James Horner. It seems that whenever I notice lush and epic elements in a film score, it turns out to have been written by Horner. I was amazed, when I checked Wikipedia, at just how many popular films have a score by James Horner.

What advice would you give to a new player?
I teach string lessons in Wabash, and one thing I always advise brand-new players to do is practice in short spurts. While playing music is not as physically demanding as athletics or dance, there is still quite a bit of muscular traning involved. Another thing I would advise new players to do is listen to as much music as they can, no matter whether it's popular or classical.

What is your favorite kind of music to play?
I really enjoy chamber-sized ensemble playing. I am a member of the Kil-So-Quah String Quartet. We are associated mainly to provide music for weddings, as none of us is able to make a full-time job of quartet-playing. With much of our wedding repertoire there is very little rehearsal required, especially if the arranging is done with playability in mind (our arranger is a genius), thus we hardly ever need to get together to play. When I lived in Rochester, New York, I was able to be a part of a string quartet which met weekly to play for fun. We got to play Classical (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven) and Romantic (Tchaikovsky, Smetana, etc.) string quartet music. That was absolutely heavenly for me.

(Featured in the April 1, 2012, program.)