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Jessie Goebel, Principal Viola

Jessie Goebel, principal viola, received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and Master of Music from the Juilliard School. She has studied with Karen Tuttle, James Dunham Philipp Naegele and Karen Ritscher, among others.

Goebel has played principal and section viola with the Tanglewood Orchestra (1995-97), the New World Symphony (1996-98), the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder (1998-2000) and in the Grand Teton Music Festival orchestra and chamber ensembles (2002). During the summers of 2012-15, Goebel was substitute viola with the Chataqua Symphony Orchestra. Goebel has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1998.

Jessie Goebel is underwritten by Terry and Liza Johnson Wong.

Name: Jessie Greenbaum Goebel

Instrument: Principal Viola

Hometown: Amherst, MA

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? I started violin at age 4 in kindergarten and switched to viola when I was 16.

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Itzhak Perlman, my Juilliard teacher Karen Tuttle, and Stevie Wonder.

Who are your favorite composers? Mahler, Brahms, and Shostakovich

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I would be in a rock band (I know it is music but it's NOT classical and you have to know how to improvise...)

Your hobbies and interests: I love crosswords, sudoku, solitaire card games and cryptograms (and whatever puzzle you can come up with). I love being joined by my husband and playing outside with our children.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I want to learn to improvise and to play the electric bass.

Funniest concert moment: The Philharmonic had hired some high school kids to play their bagpipes in concert in front of the orchestra. After they finished playing, the conductor turned to the audience to introduce the concert. Meanwhile, the bagpipes' bags were deflating (SLOWLY) and making the funniest sounds I had ever heard while sitting on a stage. I physically could not keep a straight face and was laughing until tears were streaming down my face. I could not play for a long while... it was hilarious.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): Is the viola the one that you stand up with or the one that is between your legs?

Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: I love my colleagues.

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