Meet the Stanton’s Team – Barb M.

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level. Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

barb profile pictureBarb has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

What department do you work in at Stanton’s?  – Keyboard and popular music

How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – Thirty-four years

What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Looking at new issue music.

What is your hometown? – Columbus, OH

Where did you go to college? – The Ohio State University

What is your major instrument? – Five stringed fiddle.

Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I play and conduct handbells and sing in the choir at church. We also have a bluegrass gospel string band at church. I sing and play fiddle, autoharp, mandolin, buttonbox, recorder, and a few other things in string band. I also play in the 3rd clarinet section in the Columbus State Community College concert band. Sometimes, they let me play percussion. I got to play the gong in “O Fortuna” a while back.

What do you like to do in your spare time? – I hang out with friends, play computer games, and play music.

What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – Monday & Wednesday-Saturday

What is the last song/piece you listened to? – Something classical on WOSU.

What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – The hymns yesterday in church.

If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – I would want to play viola with Mozart’s orchestra, clarinet in Sousa’s band, and fiddle with the Charlie Daniels Band.

What is your most memorable musical moment? – I played viola in “Psalmis Hungarius” by Zoltan Kodaly in the Ohio State Orchestra when I was a sophomore. It was awesome.

If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Piano. You can never run out of piano music, and there is so much to explore. I’d like to play more than the easy stuff.

What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I played fiddle for “Robber Bridegroom” some time ago. I have played a lot of musicals, but this one has a quartet onstage. The upright bass and banjo were in the rear corner on one side on a raised platform, the pianist and I were in the opposite corner. It’s the only time I had to pay attention to what I was doing when I played a musical. I wasn’t hidden in the pit.

What musical sound or noise do you love? – Violin or viola

What musical sound or noise do you hate? – A raucous electric guitar.

If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why?  – I’d play, I love to be in the middle of that sound.

If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Rotate me around, God. I want it all!

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Something to do with biology.

What profession would you not like to do? – I wouldn’t like to do any job that involved traveling away from home very much.

On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – It depends on my mood. On average, about an 8.

Who was your first crush? – I’m over 60. I don’t remember anymore. 😉

Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Not really.

Do you love or hate roller coasters? – I liked them fine when I could ride them.

If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – I would like to fly and be really strong.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? – Three

Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I’d rather win the lottery big time, and then go to jam sessions, go bird watching, go to movies and art galleries.

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Variety is the spice of life. Don’t do that to me!

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