Interview with Student Performers


We had a wonderful first recital, Oct 24, at UMW Music Dept.  One of our majors took time to interview our student performers.

Interview by Amanda Waggoner

  • Kaylee Payne played “Romanze for Viola” by Max Bruch (1838-1920), (accompanied by Cathy Hoskins)
  • Sidney McPhail played “The Hudson” by Ola Gjeilo (1978-)
  • Elizabeth Hardy played “Divertimento No. 3, KV Anh. 229” (a part of Clarinet Trio with Natasha White and Doug Gately)


  1. Why did you start playing your instrument?
  • Kaylee Payne: “My parents wanted to play, but never did; I switched to viola from violin.”
  • Sidney McPhail: “My parents wanted me to do sports originally, but then I taught myself piano, and then went on to get piano lessons.”
  • Elizabeth Hardy: “I started with piano and didn’t like it, it wasn’t her thing, and I started clarinet in middle school.”


  1. Any positive benefits from playing your instrument?
  • KP: “I internalize my feelings, so viola provides a way to express myself.”
  • SM: “Piano is cheaper than therapy.”
  • EH: “Clarinet makes me feel intelligent.”


  1. Who is your biggest influence in the music community?
  • KP: “YoYo Ma. My mom played her CDs in the call all the time.”
  • SM: “Ola Gjeilo, a Scandinavian composer, who shows that the piano can be tender and have expression. Defies the stereotype.”
  • EH: “Not a well-known musician, but a personal musician named, Emily Erb. I took lessons with her over summers at camp; she plays for the Albuquerque Philharmonic.”


  1. Does anyone else in your family play this particular instrument?
  • KP: “My family plays string instruments.”
  • SM: “No.”
  • EH: “My mother played clarinet in high school.”


  1. Has your family been supportive of your musical endeavors?
  • KP: “Very supportive.”
  • SM: “Grandparents are supportive.”
  • EH: “Yes.”


  1. What does playing music mean to you?
  • KP: “A great way of expression. I’ve been playing since I was 7 or 8-years-old, so not having music would be weird.”
  • SM: “It’s been an escape over the years. It’s always there to help channel what you’re feeling; helps you feel unique.”
  • EH: “At this point, I’ve done music so long, what would I do without it?”

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