Yeh-Chi Wang - Bassoon
Your instrument/position in the orchestra:
Assistant Principal/Second Bassoon
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
I started playing the bassoon when I was about 10.
When did you join the orchestra:
I received my Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Bassoon performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. I also hold a Doctoral Degree from Michigan State University.
What made you choose your instrument?
I did not. I was assigned.
Favorite saying or motto:
"Stay hungry, stay foolish. "
Most memorable moment in the orchestra:
I toured with a youth orchestra when I was in high school. At the end of the tour, we played Nimrod from Elgar's Enigma Variations as our final piece, and everyone cried while the piece was still being played. I thought that was a very special and genuine moment!
Watching my colleagues perform at the highest level every day is simply amazing; it is also fun to be part of that positive energy.
I love seafood!
Running, baseball, traveling.
Most influential teachers:
John Clouser (Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra), Barrick Stees (Assistant Principal Bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Michael Kroth (Professor of Bassoon, Michigan State University). All three of them taught me so much not only about the bassoon, but also life in general.
Last book you read/what are you reading now?
The End of Power by Moises Naim
Favorite pieces of music:
Mahler Symphony No. 3 last movement (VI)
It is so painfully emotional, yet peaceful and serene.
Simply being able to spend more time with my family in Taiwan.
What is your favorite thing about living in Grand Rapids?
Its friendliness, small-town charm and major city benefits.
Last words/parting thoughts:
It is so much fun making music with my colleagues on a daily basis. These are truly world class musicians, and I feel very lucky to be a part of this orchestra.