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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