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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



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