Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Deborah Rambo Sinn: Pushed Fear Out of the Way

          How does one adjust to small town living after performing on the world stage? Deborah Rambo Sinn seems to have found the secret. Maybe a hint lies in the title of her book, “Playing Beyond the Notes.” Talented, for sure, Deborah has an air of self-confidence in life often missing in gifted artists. 

 Deborah Rambo Sinn

Deborah Rambo Sinn has given concerts and master classes on four continents and has taught students from more than 14 different countries.  From 1996-2001, she lived in Hamburg Germany where she played concerts and musicals and operated two music studios for coaching and private instruction.  In 1990, her piano/cello duo was invited by the government of Mainland China to give concerts and master classes in four major cities.  In addition to a lifetime of playing classical music, she has played for productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Wizard of Oz, and Mikado.
She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in music from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and James Tocco.  Her bachelor’s degree in music is from Florida State University.  Before moving to Germany, she served on the music faculty of Angelo State University in Texas and taught one semester at Universität Lüneburg (Germany) as an exchange professor.  In 2004, she founded the Olympic Music School in Sequim, Washington. Most recently, she can be seen onstage and in the classroom with violinist Monique Mead from Carnegie Mellon University. The duo appears regularly as musicians in residence for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Dr. Sinn is the author of Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation, published by Oxford University Press in 2013 and is currently working on two additional books.


1. Who are you? List 5 words that define you!

Curious – Funny – Analytical – Creative - Outspoken

          2. What have you done that you’re most proud of?

I finished my doctoral degree at a top music school despite having a learning disability.

          3. If you could change one thing in your past, what would it be?

I wish I would have pushed fear out of the way much earlier in my life.

          4. On a personal/client level, what drives you crazy? What gives you joy?

Dishonesty makes me crazy.
Joy comes from being married to my best friend and from watching kindness in other people.

5. Given no restrictions (i.e. money/physical capabilities) – what would you   most like to do? 

I don’t think I would change a thing!     

Deborah and Zoey enjoying the Northwest (blog on music interpretation) (professional)

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