Musician Spotlights - Lynn Gervais, Cello





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Musician Spotlights - Lynn Gervais, Cello
By Musician Spotlights • Issue #32 • View online
Next up in our cello spotlights, a long-time cellist with RVS, Lynn!

Lynn Gervais by Christopher Briscoe
Lynn Gervais by Christopher Briscoe
Question 1: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I have been teaching orchestra in the Medford School District for over 20 years, and have played in RVSO for about the same length of time. I am married with two boys and 4 grown step children. We have a hobby farm on the north side of Roxy Ann and raise Black Forest Draft horses, sheep, goats, and chickens. I started playing cello as a 4th grader in the public school system in Puyallup, WA. I love to travel and have lived abroad in Germany for a couple of years.
Question 2: What brought or inspired you to pursue cello? If you’d like to share one of your favorite pieces of music as well, I’d like to know!
When the orchestra instruments were introduced to us when I was in elementary school, I decided on cello because of the size of the instrument as well as range of sound. I had a favorite Christmas album that my family played, and it featured Silent Night on the French Horn. I absolutely loved that sound, and when I heard the cello, to my 4th grade ear, it sounded like that horn on Silent Night.
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about being with the Rogue Valley Symphony?
Playing with some of the same friends and colleagues I’ve known for 20+ years, playing great music, being challenged both technically and musically, being surrounded by that “live symphonic sound” which is only experienced while playing with a full symphony orchestra. I also have had the opportunity to play together in RVSO with several of my former students, which is pretty neat!
Question 4: What do you do when you’re not playing music i.e. what are your hobbies or interests?
I have a lot! I run to keep in shape and reduce stress and have completed 14 marathons. I love to ride horses, and am currently focused on Dressage, or classical riding. I garden and love the outdoors, hiking, skiing etc. I love to travel!
Question 5: Finally, one unusual fact, story, or tidbit about you or your instrument? 
Both my grandfathers fought in World War II, but on opposing sides. My maternal grandfather was a foot soldier in the German army in Italy. My paternal grandfather was an officer in the US Navy in the South Pacific. For me, this is a reminder that however ugly, despairing, and futile a situation may be, we will get through it and there is always hope.
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