Where did you grow up? Washington State. Where do you currently live? Wakefield, MA. What instruments do you play? Violin and piano. Educational background: I was educated in the More
Matthew Watras, Violin
Where did you grow up? Dayton, Ohio.
Where do you currently live? Lisbon, Maine.
What instruments do you play? Violin, Viola.
Educational background: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance 1991; Boston University, Master of Music, Violin Performance, 1994.
Family, Pets, Kids: I have a daughter. Her name is Lily Watras. She plays the viola.
How did you get started in music? I started piano lessons when I was six. I started violin lessons when I was ten at a summer camp in Wheeling, West Virgina.
What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in? I am a music teacher at Lisbon Community School. I teach classroom music to K through 5 students, as well as a strings program grades 4 through 12. I also perform as a freelance musician once in a while as part of various ensembles.
What’s your favorite PSO memory to date? That is hard to choose. I love playing with the PSO. I have been a member of the PSO longer than I have been a public school teacher.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would be your dream job? How can I answer this question?
Any non-musical hobbies? I enjoy running. So far I have finished five marathons in my life. I also enjoy getting outdoors with my daughter. We purchased ice skates at the same time and I thought we could learn together. She learn to skate much better than I did; a lot more quickly.
Who or what has been your greatest influence, musical or otherwise? Professor Roman Totenberg was a great inspiration to me when I studied with him at Boston University.
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