Stacey Woolley
Violin
Brenda and Ralph Taylor Chair
 
 
 
  Photo: Ixi Chen  
     
  Year joined the CSO: 1989  
     
  Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio  
     
  Noteworthy: Attended Boston University 1979-1981, studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Joseph Silverstein; B.Mus., summa cum laude, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 1983, studied with Dorothy DeLay; 1984-1989, member, First Violin section of Detroit Symphony Orchestra; 1989-present, Section Second Violinist with the CSO; Member and past President, Cincinnati MacDowell Society; Member of the Board of Society for Preservation of Music Hall; Former Adjunct Professor of Violin: College-Conservatory of Music (1989-1991); Miami University (1999-2000); Cedarville University (1999-2007)  
     
  Hobbies: Bicycling, woodworking, old house restoration, wine  
     
  Most influenced by: Joseph Silverstein  
     
  Little known fact: What I REALLY want to do is sing Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra songs.  
     
  Earliest musical memory: Reader's Digest Christmas albums stacked on the Magnavox, playing every day in December  
     
  What's on your iPod? Don't have one, although I have centuries-old equipment that seems to produce violin music in a satisfactory manner.  
     
  I first knew I would make music my career when... I took up playing violin in 7th grade and discovered that I was better at it than I was at other things in school.  
     
  Other than performing music, I've always thought it would be fun to be a: Comedian or actor.  
     
  Who is one person from musical history (living or deceased) you'd like to have dinner with, and why? J.S. Bach, because his is the purest of all music.  
     
  Favorite Graeter's flavor: Mocha Chip (with Swiss Chocolate topping)  
     
  What do you enjoy most about performing?
Playing well when everyone seems to be playing well, too.  The very best performances are those where excellence is contagious.
 
     
  Funniest concert experience: The Halloween Concert with Erich Kunzel conducting where I and two other CSO violinists dressed up as the Andrews Sisters and danced to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The audience really loved our schtick, and Kunzel took us all out to dinner when the audience voted ours the Best Costumes.  
     
  Advice for newbies: Relax, sit back and listen, knowing that you are participating in a celebration of the very heights of human achievement every time you hear a work of genius performed live. Hearing and supporting a symphony orchestra is one of the most civilized things one can do.