My full name is: Gabrielle Lauren Finck
My nickname is: Gabe
When not rehearsing or performing on stage with the BSO, I spend my time… drinking coffee, talking to friends, making up new recipes in my kitchen, hiking, biking.
What career would you have chosen if you had not decided to become a professional musician? I've thought of being a psychologist or a missionary.
What kind of music helps you unwind? Really crazy jazz improv stuff.
What do you listen to in the car? My thoughts.
What was the last book you read? An introduction to existential philosophy, written in the 1950s, called Irrational Man, by William Barrett.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? People have been surprised to find two bunnies hopping around my house when they come to visit. The rabbits are gone now, unfortunately, but I had them as house pets for a long time.
What is your dream or if you have already achieved it, what was it? I want more people to know Jesus.
What non-musical accomplishment are you most proud of? Most recently, learning to throw a football.
What is your guilty pleasure? http://icanhascheezburger.com/
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Camping in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State.
What’s the last movie you saw? Some Like It Hot.
How do you prepare for a performance? I get out my metronome. Anything you can practice, you can practice better with a metronome.
If you could choose another instrument to play, what would it be? Piano or guitar.
Do you play any other instruments? I'm a terrible piano player, but I still try sometimes.
What was your most embarrassing musical moment? I had an accident at home and crushed my horn. I had to bring it to work all rumpled the next day and play it that way. Luckily there's an excellent repairman in the area who fixed it soon after, and it's as good as new now.
What has been an extremely positive musical experience you have had? I've heard a certain guitarist, Marc Ribot, play on a number of occasions. He's this experimental rock/jazz guitarist from New York, and his work inspires me to challenge the boundaries of what music can do. It's really intense stuff.
Have you had a profound experience, musical or otherwise, that has shaped or deeply influenced your approach to music? I think my engagement with music is strongly influenced by having been sad a lot of my life. The horn is a particularly melancholy instrument, and I identify with the sound of it that way.