Music has been part of my life since the second grade, when I began taking piano lessons and singing in our church youth choir in Kansas City. In the sixth grade, I was allowed to stop piano lessons if I took up another instrument. I chose the violin because I had heard my grandfather play his “fiddle.” (The picture shows me with “Old Bull,” his favorite violin.) I studied for the next six years with a Russian violinist and heard, “Nyet, Denise, nyet,” more times than I can count! I played in my junior high and high school orchestras and was concertmaster my senior year of high school.
For college I chose Kansas State University because I was able to play in the symphony orchestra without majoring in music. I stopped playing through multiple life changes—until summer 2003, when I saw an ad recruiting violinists for the MSO. John Teller convinced me to try out the orchestra and I've been with the group ever since! I served as secretary to the board from 2007 – 2010. I enjoy the variety of music we perform and the sight of familiar faces in our audiences.
Photo credit: © Jeff Morris/the Pierce Studio