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Najah MonroeName: Najah Monroe
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Instrument: Cello
Years in the MSO: 3 years

When did you get your first instrument and what was it?
I received my first cello when I was 11 years of age. I remember being extremely excited. My father purchased it for me after he learned that I was developing an interest in music.

 

What is your favorite song to play and why?
My favorite song to play is Bach's first cello suite. It's absolutely beautiful. There is something so simple and expressive, yet very deep and mystical.

 

Who is your favorite group / singer you like to listen to?
I listen to many artists and various genres. I love to listen to Dawn Upshaw and Bjork. I'm into not only classical music, but also new age, traditional music from all over the world, experimental, and electronic just to name a few.

 

What advice would you give a beginner?
I would tell them to practice every day -- make it your life!  And to also practice your music the correct way. There is no sense in practicing when you are not using the best techniques the right way!

(Featured in the December 4, 2011, program.)