20 Questions: A sketch of Centre professor Barbara Hall
RELEASED: November 15, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—1. Position: H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H.Stodghill Professor of Music; Chair—Division I
2. Hometown: Born in Wilmington, Delaware; grew up in McLean, Virginia, and Taipei, Taiwan
3. Career Highlight: Teaching and conducting at Centre; establishing Sounding Joy, a community women's ensemble
4. Signature Course: Choral ensembles
5. Recent Publication: Performance, not publication: "Sound the Trumpet in Zion"
6. Family: husband, Bill Breeze '45, sisters, brother and parents
7. Hobbies: Cooking, reading and walking
8. Most memorable experience of your education: Discovering conducting
9. Prized possession: Schimmel grand piano
10. Favorite book: Too many to mention. One would be Wayne Booth's, "For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals"
11. Memorable trip/vacation: Our annual stay in Maine
12. Favorite movie: "The Shawshank Redemption" for the great scene with the Mozart duet from "The Marriage of Figaro"
13. Favorite album: Bach's B minor Mass conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
14. Favorite artist (of any type): Janet Baker
15. Attitude toward technology: Wish it were more of a choice instead of a necessity
16. Person you most admire: My husband
17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Marin Alsop, conductor
18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Eleanor Roosevelt
19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre? Conducting and teaching somewhere else or working on a Ph.D. in art history
20. Describe yourself in three words: fast-walking, music-loving, project-devising
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