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
She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in music from
, where she studied with Menahem
Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) and James Tocco. Her bachelor’s degree in
music is from Indiana University . Before moving to Florida State University , she served on the music faculty
of Germany in Angelo State University and taught one semester at
Universität Lüneburg ( Texas ) as an exchange professor.
In 2004, she founded the Olympic Music School in Germany . Most recently, she can be seen
onstage and in the classroom with violinist Monique Mead from Sequim, Washington . The duo appears regularly as musicians
in residence for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Carnegie Mellon University
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!
www.PlayingBeyondtheNotes.com (blog on music interpretation)
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