May 2018

#SOchats with Naomi  
 
Hello and welcome to our May #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:  How’s the Music Committee doing on selecting the music for next season?
 
A:They’re close. They’ve chosen music for each concert but now the process of availability, price (rental or purchase), and orchestration are being researched. Orchestration is the composer’s or arranger’s selection of different instruments to play the different parts of a musical work. If, for instance, a piece calls for five pianos, obviously we wouldn’t be able to perform it because they wouldn’t fit on our stage.
 
Q: What does the orchestra do in the summer?
 
A: They rest, they practice, they count the days until the next season begins!
 
Q: Will you have another orchestra musicians’ concerto competition?
 
A: Yes, we will. Quite a few musicians have told us they will be auditioning for the competition, which will take place in August, just before rehearsals start for next season. The winner will be performing on our November concert.

 

To read previous #SOchats please click here
Joke of the Month
 
 
Interviews with the Musicians
Violinist
Ayuna Gordon, Violinist
 
 
Where are you from?
I am from the beautiful “holy” city, Charleston, S.C. My dad retired from the Navy, so being a Navy brat, we traveled up and down the east coast. But Charleston has always been my home.
 
Tell us about your family
I am a proud mommy to a beautiful 5-year-old little girl named Aria. We live in the heart of downtown Charleston with our little Maltese Hunley. I have one brother and we are 10 years apart. Everyone says I’m very spoiled because I begged my parents for a brother or sister and ten years later, they gave me my very own little person!! My parents live in N. Charleston and are the world’s greatest, Mimi and Papa!!
 
What is your day job?
I am the referral coordinator for one of the physician partners’ office through Roper St. Francis. I get to work one on one with patients and assist them in seeing different specialist.
 
What position do you hold with the Summerville Orchestra and what other activities do you do with the orchestra?
I am a member of the best section in the orchestra, the second violin section! I plan on becoming more involved in the community outreach and educational projects of the orchestra.
 
Why did you choose the violin?
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved music. When I heard Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder in the 4th grade, my love for music exploded (lol). I began playing the violin that same year when I was 9 years old and never put it down. I loved the sound of the violin and at 9 years old I thought it was pretty cool to tell everyone I was a violinist.
 
What do you like best about SO?
My favorite thing about the orchestra is that I get to play with so many talented people! I also love playing music with other people who love playing music, and as an added bonus, we have an awesome conductor that educates, inspires, and motivates us to become better musicians, as well as better people.
 
If you could play any other instrument, which one would it be?
I would love to play the trombone or French horn!! I love all the brass instruments and just love the way they sound. I think I pay more attention to their section in practice than I do my own.
 
Besides music what are your favorite things to do?
I love any and everything that deals with being in, on, or by the water! I love crabbing, fishing, and shrimping. My daughter got her first casting net at age 2. I love traveling and going on weekend “adventures” with my daughter. I love football, go Cowboys!! And you can always catch me before practice with my sketch book and calligraphy pens.