November 2018

#SOchats with Naomi  
Hello and welcome to our November 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:  What is a commissioned piece?
A:When an individual or group pays a composer to write an original piece of music specifically for them. In our case, we have commissioned composer Rene Orth to write a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra specifically for the Summerville Orchestra with the town of Summerville as inspiration. Please see Ms. Orth’s website where you can listen to some of her recordings.
Q: Another update on your Christmas concert?
A: The orchestra will repeat last season’s #SOfestive, an evening of mini-concerts by ensembles from our orchestra. These are free and no tickets are required. The locations and who’s playing where are listed below. It’s all on Friday, December 21 from 7 PM to 9 PM.
  • Montreux Bar & Grill – Jazz Combo and artist Yvonne Rousseau
  • Coastal Coffee Roasters – Woodwind Quintet and artist Delaine Walters
  • The Villages of Summerville (Presbyterian Home) – Flute Choir and  artist Jan Dalton
  • Cornerhouse CafĂ© – Brass Ensemble and artist Renee Bruce
  • Wine and Tapas – String Quartet and artist Sarah Kuhnell
  • Summerville Medical Center – Double Reed Ensemble and artist Debbie Grogen
Jokes of the Month
Musician problem #12:
When you hit your instrument on something and you yourself say ouch.
Musician problem #435:
House is empty: Don’t want to practice.
Everyone is asleep: Want to practice.

Interviews with the Musicians
Erin Yardley
Erin Yardley
French horn
I was born and raised in Petaluma CA. It’s a little town about 45 minutes north of SF in Sonoma County.  I basically grew up surrounded by vineyards, cow pastures and redwood trees.
It’s just me and my cats Mister and Misha, and my mom.  We’re very close.  However, you’re probably not going to find her in attendance at a concert anytime soon.  Between my performing schedule growing up and her father being the choir and music director at her church growing up, she feels like she has put in her time.
I went to a performing arts high school and took lessons growing up.  Then I went to California State University, Sacramento and studied Horn Performance with Pete Nowlen.  After college I became a freelance musician (I also did medical billing and waited lots of tables and tended bar).  After about 3 years of not making much money, I decided to go back to school.  Second college (as I like to call it) was much more fun.  I went to Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical in Red Wing, MN.  I graduated with honors in 2011 with a diploma in band instrument repair.  Since then I’ve worked in that field.
In 2013 I relocated to Charleston, SC to apprentice at Southern String Supply with Chris Bluemel.  At the shop I am a woodwind repair specialist.  My days are often a mixed bag of anything from student rental instruments to high end professional instruments.  I find that my work is becoming increasingly popular among the professional sax players in town.  I also work up front with our retail customers selling orchestral string instruments and all their different accessories.  I might not play a string instrument, but I know what sounds good. Basically I am a brass player who works on woodwinds and sells violins.
I started playing with the orchestra last season as principle horn.  I’ve also participated in some chamber music performances as well.  This season I’ve also stepped into the role of brass section representative.  It’s basically an administrative position where I am the official role taker.
I didn’t choose the horn, the horn chose me.  I played the flute for 3 years first.  When I stared middle school, the band was full of clarinets, flutes, trumpets and not much else.  The teacher made us go around the room and introduce ourselves, say what instrument we played, and whether we would like to play a different instrument.  It didn’t matter to me what I played.  The next day there was a horn waiting for me and I’ve been playing (more or less) ever since.  About 25 years now.
The SO got me back to playing again. Prior to last season, I hadn’t played since 2011.  Being in this orchestra made me remember what I originally loved about music.  It’s been a really positive experience that I hope to continue.
Because of the nature of my job, I actually play many different instruments.  You can’t fix what you can’t play.  Seriously, I would love to be able to play a string instrument.  I come from a long line of violinists.  I would especially love to play the cello.
Besides playing (which takes up most of my time), I also enjoying knitting and crocheting and crafting in general.  It’s like putting a puzzle together, which is probably why I like repair.  Cooking is also an avid interest along with just about any activity that gets me outside.