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Eve Goldfarb

How would you describe your music?

"I play classical piano. I musical direct shows and play show scores. I accompany friends who sing art song or arias. I used to provide live piano music for dance classes.

I sing in choirs, alto I or Soprano II, performing various vocal music. I sang for many years with Euphoria, an a cappella jazz quartet.

I also play recorders (sopranino, soprano, alto) and grand harp."

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

"In choruses I sing Alto I or Soprano II. Sometimes I run sectionals, assistant conduct, or run rehearsals. In musicals I musical direct - casting, teaching all music, providing accompaniment for rehearsals, hiring and rehearsing the orchestra or pit band, and playing/conducting the music for the show's run.

For Euphoria, I handled business, music commissioning, recording and post-processing, and sang alto with the band."

Describe your gear.

"Several good Shure vocal mics; an eight track mixing board; four high quality monitors; two high quality performance speakers

A 1923 Steinway A grand piano

An absolutely amazing unaccompanied vocal music library of printed music, of many genres and times."

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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?

"Being a woman in music is often different, and almost never in a good way. I had to fire a first violinist in a show orchestra because he wouldn't follow my conducting. His stated reason was that I was a woman and therefore couldn't conduct. Everyone else in the orchestra had no trouble following my conducting.

That made it painfully clear."

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

"There are many more woman conductors of major and minor instrumental orchestras than there were forty years ago - and they still aren't that common.

More women play jazz than did forty years ago - but we're still in the minority."

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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?

Only do it if you really love it and can't/won't do anything else.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I don't feel like I chose it. It chose me. I wasn't even big enough to get up on the piano bench by myself (I was 3 1/2 when I first started taking lessons).

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