Here's an interview with Martha in 2020:
What instrument(s) do you play?
I play clarinet, seated almost center in the orchestra.
How long have you played your instrument(s)?
Many, many years. I studied clarinet at Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Music Performance in 19cough cough.
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
About 3 years.
What do you do for a career?
I recently retired from teaching special education students in the public schools. I was also certified to teach music education.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Western New York, where the winters are snowy and cold and the summers are beautiful and appreciated!
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
I am very fond of Mozart and Beethoven. Especially the Pastoral Symphony. I love all sorts of music!
Favorite meal or restaurant?
My family and I love to go out to eat! We especially love Greek food.
Corona beer, of course. I'm sure it has been the reason I have stayed so healthy. Lol!
What is your favorite vacation?
Back home to WNY, to see family and friends. I'm kind of boring that way.
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist and/or movie do you want with you??
The Bible will be first. Beethoven's Symphonies will have to come along. Can I bring my daughter's Anthology of American Literature I've been wanting to read?
What's your pet situation?
One Chocolate Lab puppy, one old lady Shitzu, and two sometimes not cranky cats.
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
I feel extremely privileged to be a part of the WSO. The people are amazing. I love sitting in the middle of the orchestra, surrounded by the talented musicians, listening and being part of the music.
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
I was very busy teaching my students remotely who never failed to log on every day for a full day of live lessons. There was no stopping my special ed kids! This summer I have been taking 3 online training classes and downloading music for our next WSO season to practice!
Any words of wisdom to help others through this pandemic?
Control is an illusion. Oh, and drink more Corona beer.
Christine Maynard, Concertmaster
Mary Jo White