Kathleen Gomez - Oboe/English Horn
Your name: Kathleen Gomez
Your instrument/position: in the orchestra third oboe/English Horn
How old were you when you started playing your instrument? 14
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
When did you join the orchestra? 1981
BS in Instrumental Music Education K-12 University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
MM in Woodwind Instruments University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
What made you choose your instrument?
My older brother Tom, who was my mentor, played a few orchestral recordings for me featuring several different wind instruments. I really enjoyed the oboe....so....I began the oboe. He also played the oboe.
In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself?
Fun loving, enjoy people, love the arts, animals, and good food.
Favorite saying or motto: Groovy, and what's happenin'.
Pet peeve: people who do not use their blinkers when turning, students that do not practice, walking with tall people, water in a key hole.
Most memorable moment in the orchestra: When I performed the Swan of Tuonela.
Inspirations: great music, new and old.
Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: The Wizard of Oz
Favorite foods: Chicken, Mexican, pasta, and good chocolate
Hobbies: yard sales, gardening, coloring.
Bad habit: talking too much
Most influential teachers: Richard Killmer, Ray Still, Treva Womble
Favorite pieces of music: Too many to list, but give me a good Brahms Symphony,
or a Strauss Tone Poem...
Dream vacation/trip: West Coast
What is your favorite thing about living in Grand Rapids?
Getting the benefits of a big city with small city traffic.
Last words/parting thoughts:
Knowing what GR was like in 1981 and seeing it now, I am amazed at the growth of the city.