Johanna Louise Beaver

Birth Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Education: DMA in Viola Performance at Stony Brook


One World Symphony Violist

1. Are any of your family members musicians? If so, what do they do?
None of my family members are musicians.

2. What has been the highlight of your One World Symphony career to date?
That's a tough one. I think the Tsunami benefit concerts on January 2005 were very rewarding, musically and because the proceeds were going to an important cause.

3. What would you say is your favorite piece of music?
Impossible! If I had to, I'd probably choose something from one of Mahler's symphonies (e.g. Adagietto from No.5). I'm also a big fan of Stravinsky, especially The Rite of Spring.

4. What's the best thing about One World Symphony?
When the Maestro suggested that the audience members who liked the beginning of Beethoven's Egmont Overture conducted in better than 6 had probably voted for Bush!

...And the worst moment (if any)?
...when Bush was re-elected (oh, did you mean "worst moment in One World"? can't really think of one)

5. What music do you listen to in the car or subway?
I listen to everything from the Clash and my new favorite punk band LeTigre, to Kurtag and Bartok.  My favorite non-classical radio station is WFUV.

6. What is your favorite drink?
Love coffee.

7. What was the most recent book you read?
I'm reading The Known World by Edward P. Jones

8. When you do have some free time, how do you relax?
I like to practice Yoga. Also trying to kick a serious "Law and Order" habit.

9. Why do you continue to perform with One World Symphony when you can perform with other ensembles that would offer more financial benefits?
Everyone at One World is there because they really want to play. This creates a positive atmosphere and great music-making. I also enjoy getting to know the people in One World Symphony.

10. If you had the opportunity to time travel, when and where would you prefer to live?
I've always thought it would be great to live in New York City in the 1920s. Or I would travel forward to the day of my graduation in Stony Brook, NY!

11. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
A screen-writer

12. Why would you recommend to other musicians and public to participate with One World Symphony?
One World Symphony has a good balance of organization and open-ness to be a truly collaborative experience. I enjoy the conductor's ideas and willingness to take risks, the programming, the beautiful venues, the musicianship of the players, and the kind personalities involved.

13. What are your hobbies?
Yoga and reading.