Meet the Musician - Crista Fodor

September 02, 2019 10:15 AM | Deleted user

Crista Fodor, a homeschooling mom who plays with the Quincy Concert Band, shares her memories and thoughts about playing the flute. She encourages former musicians to return to their instruments and rediscover the joy of music!

How did you get your start in music?

I began playing the flute in fifth grade, which was traditional at my school. There was a girl a year older than me who played the flute, and I thought she was SO GOOD! When we tried out different instruments at the end of our fourth-grade year, I wanted something physically small but I couldn’t make the clarinet play. To this day, reed instruments and I don’t play nice together!

Who would you consider your biggest early musical inspiration?

The woman who made me into a real flute player is Jan Boland, co-founder of Red Cedar Chamber Music in Marion, Iowa. I’d never heard of her before I took lessons with her in college, but she is an incredible teacher. As it turns out, she has some past connection with Quincy’s own Pam Potter as well. It's such a small word!

What are some ensembles you've played with?

When I graduated from college, the only group I played with was the Park Band. My main break was from 1998 to 2004 when we moved out of the area for my husband’s work. When we moved back to Quincy it was a given that I would rejoin the musical community here. And I have found my place with the Quincy Concert Band.

Do your kids enjoy music, too?

As a homeschooling mom, I have included music in my kids’ education, but not necessarily more than any other subject. My kids have heard plenty of live music over the years, but I didn’t push any of them into music, much less into any specific branch of music. Of my three kids, one has no interest whatsoever, one is a singer and one plays the bagpipes! (We didn’t see that coming at all!) Even with all my musician friends here, we still had to call a local funeral home to find a bagpipe teacher!

What is your favorite part of being a member of the Quincy Concert Band?

I have learned so much from Trent Hollinger, our conductor. The man is simply incredible. He’s always pushing us to do better, but he understands that not everyone is a pro, too. He’s helped me develop musically; I think I’ll hear his voice saying ‘balance and blend, balance and blend’ until my dying day. I also really like a variety of musical styles. If I play any one style too long, I get restless, no matter what it is. Quincy Concert Band showcases a lot of different styles and themes!

What advice would you give someone who has not played with an ensemble in a long time?

The advice I would give someone who has not played his or her instrument for a long time is to not let fear hold you back. Give it another try! Quincy is an amazing place for musicians of all abilities to grow together.

Submitted by Dr. Susan Deege, semi-retired Culver-Stockton faculty and a member of the Quincy Concert Band.

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