I started "playing" violin as a toddler, when my mother, who played viola professionally, bought me a tiny 1/32- size violin to keep me away from hers. I started violin lessons with her at age 8, and taught myself the viola as a teenager so I could play with the local community and youth orchestras, which had a greater need for violists than violinists. I realized I preferred the rich yet mournful tone of the viola, and found the inner orchestral parts much more interesting. I have continued to play whenever I have the chance, including in college orchestras, musical theater pit orchestras, church services, chamber groups, and weddings. My night job is as an emergency medicine physician. My other hobbies include ballet, and knitting with my two Devon Rex cats, Chester and Moritz.