April 14, 2016
EPISODE 12: PATTI NIEMI, STICKING IT OUT THROUGH JUILLIARD, ANXIETY ATTACKS, & AN ORCHESTRAL CAREER
Classical percussionist Patti Niemi gives an insider’s account of surviving Juilliard, enduring high-pressure auditions, and getting a tenured position with an orchestra. She’s battled serious anxiety issues throughout.
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- Patti's official bio page from the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
- Patti plays on a stunning reinterpretation of "Bye Bye Blackbird".
- The New World Symphony accompanies Gloria Estefan (I'm pretty sure that's a young Patti at the 0:52 mark).
- Buy "Sticking It Out" on Amazon.
- Check out "Mozart in the Jungle", a soapy and fun take on life in a classical orchestra.
- The sad decline of Olympic figure skater Debi Thomas, as documented on the Oprah Winfrey Network's "Fix My Life".
- The Louisville Orchestra's Teddy Abrams, committed to taking classical music in a more interactive, community-focused direction.