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Music

When I am not doing science-related things, I have been known to play music. I started off with violin lessons in second grade and began calling it 'fiddle' instead (yes, they are the same instrument) when I began playing Celtic/Bluegrassish music sometime later. In undergrad, I fiddled with a cellist buddy in a group we called the Ben Nevis Boys. I was fortunate to be invited to play with the Random Canyon Growlers, and have also played with some awesome musicians who went on to great bands such as Dragon Wagon, Barrage, and Gaelic Storm. I also occasionally play music for dances, including BIDA contra dances in Boston and Scottish country dances in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I also enjoy playing in orchestras. Currently, I play with the Akademiska Orkestern vid Åbo Akademi. In undergrad, I played in Michigan Pops Orchestra, America's first college Pops orchestra. I also was the founding concertmaster of the Michigan Pops String Orchestra, which I later conducted as well.

Along the way, I have also learned various amounts of guitar, piano, Japanese taiko drums, banjo, and bagpipe.

A music video I was in, though I was just a pretty face and didn't contribute to the music or artistic planning:

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