Barbara Andres

The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation Second Century Chair

Barbara Andres
Cello - The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation Second Century Chair
Member since 1977
Hometown: New Philadelphia, OH

Other musical activities:
As Principal Cellist of the Sierra Chamber Society, I play a lot of chamber music. I also get most of the personnel together, set up rehearsals, and get the music. I really love having that opportunity to learn other music, and it’s great to work in small groups. I also take voice lessons, which is so different from learning an instrument. It’s taken me a long time to learn how to breathe and how to stand, and you really need a coach to tell you what you sound like. It definitely has influenced my cello-playing as far as color and phrasing.

In your CD player:
Great Sopranos of Our Time—these voices are so glorious, I have to sing along!

Interests:
I'm enjoying art classes. When I finished a recent painting, I thought it was a visual symphony, with all colors combined to make a complete picture, just as all instruments together form a musical picture.

Recent reading:
Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer—what lush descriptions of nature. I felt as if I were right there with the cast of colorful characters. Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin, had a lot of interesting food for thought. I also enjoyed On Writing: A Memoir Of the Craft, by Stephen King.