Meet Jaimee Hoefert, Clarinet

Jaimee Elizabeth Hoefert hails from Wisconsin, where she learned to play piano, cello and clarinet. Growing up, she was always involved in some kind of music, and had the good fortune of being a member of a prestigious ensemble during her college years, the St. Olaf Band.

"I started looking for some kind of music group to play with when I moved to Boulder to pursue my graduate studies in molecular biology at CU, but for the first couple of years I was very busy," says Jaimee. "I passed my comprehensive exam last spring, so I am now a PhD candidate. I eventually found my way to the Boulder Concert Band!"

Besides music, Jaimee's passion is fishing.

"Around here I do a lot of trout fishing, but when I go back to the midwest I like to fish for bass, muskies and sturgeon."

How long have you been in the Boulder Concert Band?
Since January [2014], so only a few months!

Does your Clarinet have a name?
No, but my first-ever clarinet was named Wilfred. He has since been donated to my high school band.

What is the most recent concert you've attended?
An outdoor orchestra concert at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. I'm not sure who was performing because we just stopped to listen as we were walking by, but the group was wonderful!

What is the most recent book you've read?
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It's a great read about the life and family of the woman whose tumor cells were first able to be cultured (grown in a dish). It explores a lot of the cultural and ethical issues associated with science at various stages of U.S. history. It's not written for scientists, and I highly recommend it!

What is your favorite meal?
This is tough. I love to eat. Probably sushi and udon.

What is your favorite movie?
Anything by Quentin Tarantino. Kill Bill and Django Unchained are great.

What is/was your occupation?
I am a graduate student at CU, here in Boulder. I spend my days working in the lab, trying to understand the processes that govern skin and hair follicle development, and I also do some work on understanding the molecular basis of Down Syndrome.