Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Shelagh Abate

Where were you born and (if different) where did you grow up? Massapequa, NY (Long Island)

Current residence and marital status/family: NY, NY; single.

Education: B.A. from Boston College; M.M. from UMASS Amherst; Artist Diploma from New England
Conservatory of Music

When did you start playing with the VSO? 1999

Other current jobs besides VSO: freelance musician (often in the pit for Broadway musicals); member of Triton Brass Quintet

Favorite composers: Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Beethoven

Hobbies: mixology, shoes, fiction, retro-pop culture

How did you get started in music? Forever a band kid.

Describe a typical day: coffee, practice, Broadway, repeat

Secret ambition: Be a travel blogger. Whoops, secret’s out.

Favorite vice: gin gimlet

People would be surprised to know that: I would give it all up to DJ an 80s radio station.

Best advice I ever got: Figure out how to be an asset.

Favorite way to spend an evening: Hanging out with the people I love.

Pet peeve: passive aggression

I’m most proud of: Playing the horn on my own terms.