Musician Spotlights - Bruce McKern, Bass

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Musician Spotlights - Bruce McKern, Bass
By Musician Spotlights • Issue #9 • View online
As we all hope for clearer air soon and can feel the anticipation for live symphony performances, let’s continue our celebration of our bassists with Bruce McKern!

Bruce McKern, by Christopher Briscoe
Bruce McKern, by Christopher Briscoe
Question 1: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
A Medford native, I graduated from North Medford High School, received a B.A. in Music-conducting from SOU, have been with RVS since 1989, and I’m currently employed as a caregiver.
Question 2: What brought or inspired you to pursue bass? If you’d like to share one of your favorite pieces of music as well, I’d like to know!
My older brother started playing bass in high school, so it’s all his fault! One of my favorite pieces of music is Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise”.
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about being with the Rogue Valley Symphony?
Since I’ve been a part of it for so long, it really feels like family; all the wonderful musicians, stage crew, and audience members.
Bruce McKern, by Christopher Briscoe
Bruce McKern, by Christopher Briscoe
Question 4: What do you do when you’re not playing music i.e. what are your hobbies or interests?
Right now, napping and beard growing are my only hobbies. Two things that interest me, but I haven’t had time to pursue, are bird watching and genealogy.
Question 5: Finally, one unusual fact, story, or tidbit about you or your instrument?   
I was a member of the inaugural ensemble (Southern Oregon Youth Orchestra) that evolved into the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon.
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