Joel Schekman - Clarinetist
Your name: Joel Schekman
Your instrument/position in the orchestra: Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet
How old were you when you started playing your instrument? 8 years old
Hometown: El Cerrito, California
When did you join the orchestra (year): 2006
Education: BM, Music Performance, Indiana University.
MM, Music Performance, University of Southern California
In a few words or sentences, how would you describe yourself?
I am someone who has many interests, both musically and personally, and I do what I can to nurture them. Besides playing the clarinet, I also compose music and am a photographer.
Most memorable moment in the orchestra: playing Mahler
Inspirations: I'm inspired by all my favorite musicians, composers, and artists.
Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: Movie--anything by Stanley Kubrick;
TV Show--The Wire
Who would play you in a movie? Sean Penn (I've been told I resemble him)
Favorite foods: Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian
Hobbies: running, biking, photography
Bad habit: sleeping in
Most influential teachers: Yehuda Gilad, my professor at USC
Last book you read/what are you reading now: the memoirs of Philip Glass
Favorite pieces of music: impossible to say; there are too may good ones
Dream vacation/trip: I'd love to do a month long journey through South America one day