At what age and how did you choose your instrument?

For as long as I remember, I wanted to play a musical instrument, but didn't have the opportunity until I was in the 7th grade, age 12. My first choice was cello, but because we didn't have a string program, I ended up playing clarinet. I didn’t choose the clarinet, I just happened to be sitting in the clarinet section when instruments were assigned. Fortunately, I liked the clarinet immediately and continued to play it ever since, except for a 10 year break during medical school and residency.

What is your full-time profession and how do you balance it with other commitments?

I'm a physician, board certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Pediatric Pathology. My specialty allows me to play music on nights and weekends, but it's definitely a challenge to juggle family, medicine and music. 

What does chamber music mean to you?

Chamber music is a very important part of my musical life and personal life. I'm fortunate to be married to a very talented and accomplished violinist, VCO Concertmaster Larry Kohorn.  Playing chamber music together is something we enjoy doing in our free time. I am also in a woodwind quintet, which focuses on music educational school concerts.  

I  love the intimacy of chamber music, and the way each musician has to constantly switch between playing a solo line, a supporting part, and a unison passage. It’s an encapsulation of life.

What motivated you to join the VCO?

I jumped at the chance to collaborate with my friend Zain Khan, an excellent musician who possesses business acumen, vision, and passion. Under his leadership, we have flourished into a very special ensemble, composed of accomplished musicians who play music with passion. 

Do you have any advice for young musicians?

Don't ever stop playing your instrument! 

If you want to become a professional musician, find a mentor and educate yourself about the business aspects of music. 

If you don’t want to play professionally, you can still play at a high level and be musically fulfilled. 

Updated September 2019