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!
Joyce Stonebraker is a retired public school music teacher with over 30 years of experience, mostly with high school choirs. She is currently an active pianist and accompanist in the Columbus area. Joyce spends her free time playing tennis and traveling.
What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Choral Department
What do you consider your specialties here? – Choral Music (specifically high school)
How long have you worked at Stanton’s? – This will be my 8th year working part-time/seasonally.
What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Helping young and beginning teachers
What is your hometown? – Cleveland, OH
Where did you go to college? – THE Ohio State University (undergrad and grad)
What is your major instrument? – Piano
Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I work part-time at Otterbein University as a staff accompanist. I accompany 2 choirs, studio classes, recitals, musical theatre rehearsals, etc.
What do you like to do in your spare time? – Play tennis and go hiking
What days of the week can you be reached at Stanton’s? – In general, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays during the months of July-February.
What is the last song/piece you listened to? – The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Marlana VanHoose before the NBA final game
What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as I was babysitting my friend’s 3-month old yesterday.
If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Sing under Robert Shaw, play piano duets with Frederic Chopin, and accompany Isaac Stern.
What is your most memorable musical moment? – Playing the Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st. mvmt.) with the OSU Symphony Orchestra at the Ohio Theatre. We were kicked out of Mershon Auditorium because “A Chorus Line” was on its first national tour … the best concert conflict ever!
If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Oboe
What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – Singing in a back-up choir for Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, and the Judd’s at Polaris Amphitheatre.
What musical sound or noise do you love? – a perfectly tuned string quartet
What musical sound or noise do you hate? – a very-out-of-tune string quartet
If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight which would you choose and why? – performing
If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – My mom’s family orchestra (my mom on piano, uncle on trumpet, one aunt on violin, and the other aunt on flute)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Actuarial science
What profession would you not like to do? – Coal mining … that looks like the hardest job in the world!!
On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – Probably about an 8. I like to tease people, especially those who I like.
Who was your first crush? – A little boy named Johnny B in my Kindergarten class. I kissed him when we were getting in line for our bathroom break.
Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Children and young adults taking piano lessons.
Do you love or hate roller coasters? I used to love any roller coaster at Cedar Point, but as I’ve gotten older, I get sick
If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – The ability to solve all conflicts so that there are no more wars … anywhere!
How many pairs of shoes do you own? Probably around 15.
Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? Both! I’d still like to work, but then be able to give money to all of my nieces & nephews so that they could pay all of their bills.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Breakfast at Bob Evans.