JoAnn Lamolino, Trumpet

Question & Answer

How did you choose your instrument?wedding dresses NZ

My dad was a professional trumpet player prior to marrying my mother, so we had a trumpet sitting in a closet in our house. I just figured I’d take it to band class and see what happened!

What is your favorite Hawaii Symphony Moment?

Playing in the offstage banda part at the end of Pines of Rome on the opening week of the season. It was quite a rush to hear all of the electric sounds coming from the stage!

Best part about being an orchestral musician in the HSO?

My colleagues are great. Everyone comes to work with a good attitude to create the best concerts we can every week.

What was the first piece of music you fell in love with?

Brahms Symphony 1.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?

Park ranger for the National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior.

What’s best about living in Hawaii?

Hawaii is a magical place. Definitely the Spirit of Aloha!

What are your activities, hobbies, interests, outside of music?

I enjoy traveling, hiking, photography, beaches, cooking, drinking coffee, farmers markets, reading actual books and new adventures!

What famous figure, living or dead, would you most like to invite to dinner, and why?

Eleanor Roosevelt. She was a very intelligent woman who believed in transcending your fears and shortcomings to contribute your best to make society better. I’m sure the conversations would be facsinating given all she had experienced and witnessed over her lifetime.

More About JoAnn Lamolino

JoAnn Lamolino is maintaining a very active 2015-16 season holding a trumpet position in the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and freelancing in the NY/NJ area. She has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Boston Symphony Hall, the Greek Amphitheatre in Taoramina, Sicily and on Broadway shows. For two seasons, JoAnn was a member of the trumpet section of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, S.C. performing in the CSO Brass Quintet, Guest Principal, soloist, and at the Spoleto Festival USA. JoAnn is also the Second Trumpet with the Reading Symphony Orchestra (Reading, PA) in addition to playing Guest Principal. Other highlights include performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, State of Mexico Symphony in Toluca, Mexico, Long Island Philharmonic, Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in Merida, Mexico, New World Symphony and the Czech Radio Symphony.

As a soloist, JoAnn has appeared with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra (NJ), Garden State Philharmonic (NJ), Trinity Concerts at One Recital Series in lower Manhattan, Bahamas Music Conservatory, RAI National Television of Italy, throughout Europe with American Music Abroad and was First Prize Winner in the Trumpet Competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference of 2006. As a chamber musician, JoAnn has performed with members of the NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Charleston Symphony and the Athena Brass Band. She has recorded with the Charleston Symphony, Imperial Brass Band, Patriot Brass Ensemble and with the indie-rock band The Walkmen.

JoAnn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Principal teachers include members of the NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and the Boston Symphony.

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