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Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio

How would you describe your music?

classical

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I'm now in a classical chamber music trio and I do most of our marketing myself with the help of the university where I am employed.

Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I've never experienced any prejudism as a woman except for when I asked for a raise when I was Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra and the ED refused me. I think it was because I was a single woman.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think that it's increasingly easier for women now than it was 2 generations ago. When my Dad joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra, there was only 1 women in the orchestra. That was difficult, I'm sure.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

Having good people skills is the most important element to a successful career.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I love it and I'm good at it.

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