Meet Danielle Lovaas, Oboe

Sometimes life gets in the way of devoting as much time as we'd like to our music. Oboist Danielle Lovaas recently took some time away from her oboe after college. "It's been almost three years since I've played regularly," she commented. "After graduation, I moved to Spain to teach English. While I did take my oboe along, there really wasn't much of an opportunity to play."

Since Danielle moved to Boulder last fall, her studies at CU have taken up most of her time.

"I'd thought about starting up again many times over the past couple years, but the thought was always daunting because I knew I'd lost so much of my playing abilities," Danielle said. "Finally, I decided that I had to start making time for oboe again and find a group to play with. I saw that the Boulder Concert Band was in need of oboes, and here I am! It's been tough trying to get myself back to where I was, but it's a welcome challenge and I'm so happy to be back."

And we're thrilled that Danielle has chosen to share her considerable talent with the Boulder Concert Band!

How long have you been in the Boulder Concert Band?
Since summer, 2013.

Does your oboe have a name?
Sadly, it does not. Nothing has ever really stuck.

What is the most recent concert you've attended?
I was able to see the St. Olaf Orchestra and support my alma mater while they were on tour in Boulder this fall. Their performance was wonderful, as it always is. Um Ya Ya!

What is the most recent book you've read?
Linguistics books and endless articles currently fill my time and shelves, but the last book I read for fun was 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Great book - if you haven't checked out Murakami, you should.

What is your favorite meal?
Does chocolate count as a meal?? I love just about anything Italian - pasta with lots of veggies and a glass of red wine is perfection. Mmmm.

What is your favorite movie?
This question is impossible. I have the most varied taste in movies. I am in love with the Lord of the Rings, followed closely by (tied with?) Love Actually. Go figure. I'm also currently obsessed with the TV show How I Met Your Mother.

What is your day job?
I'm a MA student in linguistics at CU Boulder. I'm specializing in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), but my interests in linguistics also include phonetics/phonology, Conversation Analysis, and language documentation. I also work online doing medical annotation, and I currently TA for an undergrad course called Sound Structures. Somehow, I manage to squeeze some time in for oboe!