What career would you have chosen if you had not decided to become a professional musician? A zoologist. Although my 6-year-old self was dying to be a gymnast.
What kind of music helps you unwind? Anything “happy” especially 70s music (and disco!)
What was the last book you read? A Peru guidebook.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Most people consider skydiving and bungee-jumping to be crazy, but I loved it!
What non-musical accomplishment are you most proud of? Completing two half-marathons.
What is your guilty pleasure? Tex-mex food and naps.
What’s the last movie you saw? Eastern Promises (in the theater) and Blades of Glory (from Netflix).
If you could choose another instrument to play, what would it be? Oboe or cello. The sounds of both instruments have a particularly heart-melting potential.
Do you play any other instruments? As the child of musicologists, I was forced to learn all sorts of unusual instruments like the trumpet marine (which isn’t a brass instrument!) and the viol. I played with a viol consort in college for 5 years! I also had 8 years of voice, though it’s a bit rusty these days.
What was your most embarrassing musical moment? During the last selection at our annual MLK concert, the conductor spontaneously decided he wanted to dance, and I was the chosen victim to the delight of the packed audience. It even made the review: “the nimble Madeline Adkins…"
What has been an extremely positive musical experience you have had? One of my all-time favorite concerts was Stravinsky’s Petrushka with Yuri Temirkanov conducting: not only playing but watching his amazingly expressive face and hands. I wish I had a video of it!