Our next installment of Musician Spotlight focuses on one of our members who shares a name with a very famous composer – John Williams. John is a member of our second violin section, but there’s so much more to him than just a famous name! Like did you know he’s a flight instructor? And that he makes cheese? Get to know John better below.
How long have you played with the PSO?
I am in my 8th season. I began the first season that the orchestra moved to PACE.
What’s is your favorite piece you’ve played with the PSO?
There have been many memorable pieces. I would say probably Dvorak’s New World Symphony if I have to choose one.
How did you get your start in music? What drew you to the violin?
I started playing instruments as a child. I always liked the violin because of the range of music that one can play, e.g., classical, folk, country, etc.
Do you play other instruments?
I play the piano a bit. I used to play a couple of others, but it’s been so long that I would have to relearn them.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of being a musician?
I think that learning some of the more difficult orchestral pieces is challenging for me.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to play but haven’t had the chance yet?
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
Who are your favorite composers?
I suppose that I’m pretty traditional in that regard. I love Mozart’s music as well as Dvorak.
Are you from Colorado originally?
I grew up in Houston, but I have lived in the Denver area for around 34 years now.
When you are not playing with the PSO, what are you doing?
I am an attorney, but I took inactive status several years ago, as I switched to an aviation career. I still work full time for a medical helicopter/medical transport company. I am also a part-time flight instructor.
Do you have any hidden talents or non-musical hobbies?
My wife and I live on a small farm in Elbert County. We have horses, chickens, goats, dogs, cats and honey bees. I raise dairy goats, and I enjoy making cheese and other products with their milk. All of these activities keep me very busy.
Do you get tired of the John Williams jokes?
Not really. I just wish that I had as much talent as my famous namesake.
What is your life motto?
I don’t really have a motto, but I always keep trying to learn new things. I think that it keeps life interesting.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Just that I really enjoy playing with the orchestra, and I feel fortunate to have that opportunity.