March 2019

#SOchats with Naomi  
Hello and welcome to our March SOchats. I’m Naomi Chaitkin Nimmo, the Executive Director.  We started this monthly chat room so we can answer your questions and talk about the orchestra and the response has been great!  Please keep the comments and questions coming. Thanks.
Q:  Next season, will the orchestra be playing at Summerville Baptist Church or Summers Corner Performing Arts Center?
A:We don’t know yet. As soon as we do, we’ll let you know.
Q: When are 2019-2020 Season Tickets going to be available for purchase?
A: We do not have all the details worked out just yet.  You will receive information in the mail most likely in May.
Q: What is the deadline for sending my Annual Gift Campaign donation to you?
A:There is no deadline. We are thrilled to accept your donation for any amount at any time.
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Joke of the Month
Interviews with the Musicians
Sarah Teuscher
Principal Oboe
Hello to all you lovely Summerville Orchestra supporters! My name is Sarah Teuscher and I am going on my 12th season as your principal oboist in the orchestra. 12 seasons with you, how the time does fly!
I grew up the child of a naval officer and subsequently spent most of my grade school years on the west coast and high school years on the east coast. I started playing oboe in 6th grade in San Diego, California in my middle school band program and shortly afterwards got to play with the San Diego Youth Symphony Wind Ensemble for 2 seasons before relocating to Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC for my remaining high school years.  I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2002 and since the dotcom bust was happening, decided to stay in school and earned a Master’s in Oboe Performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2005. I lived in Louisiana for a few years working as an insurance claims adjuster before deciding on the advice of my brother, to seek the friendly beaches here in the Charleston area. And boy am I ever glad I did! I joined the Summerville Orchestra about a week after I arrived and have enjoyed my time since.
Why did I choose the oboe, you ask? When I was a small child, I saw an oboe on tv (I’m fairly certain it was a PBS broadcast) and loved the unique sound of “that stick thing that’s black with silver keys.” So naturally, on attempting to explain this to an adult when it came time to choose our band instruments in 4th grade, I was given a clarinet. Then in 5th grade when we were allowed to audition for all-county band, all the clarinets and all the 4 oboe players were placed in the same holding area. I quickly identified those oboes as what I saw on TV so long ago (I was bamboozled!) and calculated that since there were so few oboists, my chances at making all-county band next year were much better if I took up the oboe. I went back to my band director, who was delighted, and parents, who were confused, and demanded to switch to oboe for 6th grade. I made that all-county band on oboe.
One of my responsibilities as principal oboe is to tune the orchestra before every rehearsal and concert. As I’m sure you’ve seen at our performances, the Concertmaster (first-chair violin) will come on stage and stand in front of the orchestra to indicate it is time for us to tune. I then play an A at 440 hertz (a hertz is a measurement of vibrations per second) one each for the winds, then the brass, then the strings so we can adjust and be sure we are all in agreement together. Fun note: most orchestras in the US prefer to tune at 440 which is considered the international standard however, many orchestras in Europe are creeping higher and tune as high as 445!  This topic is hotly debated within the classical music world and I will gladly chew your ear off about it for a good 30 minutes given the chance.  In addition to my duties tuning our orchestra, I play with the Summerville Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, the Presa Chamber Group and am a member of the Summerville Orchestra Board of Directors. Outside of the Summerville Orchestra, I also play oboe with the North Charleston Pops! and gig around as much as I can. If you ever need a Lyft or an Uber ride somewhere, I may just pick you up too!
Outside of music, I enjoy crafty hobbies like sewing, knitting and crocheting, reading books, walking my dog in the cool mornings, and pestering my cats. Today as I’m writing this, it is February, the middle of winter and all my windows are open while I enjoy these Summerville breezes before the heat of summer comes. I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather be.