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#505549 - 01/12/08 10:10 PM Your occupation!
classik51 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 77
Loc: Canada
We have so many interesting people as members of this incredible forum, from all over the world. I've always wondered, where are all of you from, and what are your occupations? Do we have a lot of professional pianists/teachers/adjudicators? I'm curious as to how many of us actually play piano for a living and how many of us are amateurs who simply enjoy piano during spare time.

For me, I live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada (anyone else in this cold city?), and I'm currently a student. I've always believed that if you HAVE to play music (as you would if it's your job) it would take some of the pureness away from it, so I'm not sure if it will ever be more than a hobby (although a very beautiful one).

So what about you guys?

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#505550 - 01/12/08 11:12 PM Re: Your occupation!
BruceD Offline
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Originally posted by classik51:
[...]For me, I live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada (anyone else in this cold city?), [/b]
From Victoria, I can only offer you my condolences! \:D

Cheers, and keep warm!
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#505551 - 01/13/08 12:03 AM Re: Your occupation!
-Frycek Offline
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Loc: SC Mountains
I don't have a life. I have a job and a piano. I'm a microscope jockey. I'm a cytotechnologist. That's a person who microscopically prescreens cellular samples for malignancy, weeds out the negatives, and sends any atypicalities on for a pathologist to review. I've been doing this for 26 years. Before that I taught high school math and English.
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#505552 - 01/13/08 12:16 AM Re: Your occupation!
Cheeto717 Offline
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Registered: 09/06/07
Posts: 697
Loc: Pennsylvania
Starting my second semester at my University in Pennsylvania. Piano Performance major.
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#505553 - 01/13/08 02:02 AM Re: Your occupation!
John Citron Offline
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 3925
Loc: Haverhill, Massachusetts
I have two jobs at my workplace, and I'm working on my Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. At my job I am the resident geek, I mean network administrator/PC guy where I am responsible for Internet service, antivirus updates, server security, and end-user support.

My other job is customer administrator where I have to place orders for customers, and ship products all over the world.

For me these are just jobs, and don't represent any career path that I've decided to follow.

John
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#505554 - 01/13/08 02:17 AM Re: Your occupation!
Ted2 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/02
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
I have been IT manager for a large manufacturing company for about twenty-eight years. In fact it mostly boils down to having written enormous numbers of logically simple but sometimes very detailed programmes. The whole factory closed down last year and I am due for retirement anyway, but I shall keep going in a part-time capacity until the chop comes, which will certainly not be a negative event, I hasten to add.

I have never desired to be in the music business, although quite a few people, including my teacher thought I should be. I look forward to spending increasing time developing the plethora of strange musical ideas I cannot seem to stop coming.
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#505555 - 01/13/08 02:36 AM Re: Your occupation!
btb Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 4261
Loc: Pretoria South Africa
Judging by the numbers and turnovers in the various Forums (Pianist Corner, Teachers and Beginners) the vast majority of the pianists are amateurs.

The PROFILES provide a fund of information to help put a handle on the poster ... from my corner ... "occupation, location and
interests" give a huge clue.

For instance ... we know that Classik15 is a wide-eyed student presently hibernating under ten foot of snow (Winnipeg) and wishing the spring would bring warmer weather ... the Forum is a newly found means of beating the isolation judging from 21 posts since registering on Xmas Eve 2007 ... interests limited to piano and reading
suggest a non-sporty type ... while the liking for classical music infers a novice party-line adherent still to be buffeted by the spice
of the many genres of music.

This is Sherlock Holmes from sunny South Africa ... now if I was marooned in Winnipeg I'd be out on the ski-slopes ... though, knowing how little snow falls in Pretoria (never)... and an aging awareness of my primitive skiing skills (picked up during a Norway jaunt)... the warning presents itself ... how on earth will I be able to play the piano with a broken arm!!

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#505556 - 01/13/08 02:40 AM Re: Your occupation!
whippen boy Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
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Loc: San Francisco
I used to be an IT professional, working for a Fortune-500 company - I got to do just about every aspect in the realm of "IT".

But that was a long time ago... For the past six years I've been a full-time musician, and I enjoy it very much.

It beats trying to do music AND another high-stress job (which I did for many years - it was crazy).

I accompany quite a few choirs, have a church job, and have a smattering of students. \:\)

Oh, and I also tune organs (once in a while).
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#505557 - 01/13/08 03:19 AM Re: Your occupation!
Nikolas Offline
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Registered: 11/26/07
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Loc: Europe
London, but I'm Greek.

I'm a composer.
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#505558 - 01/13/08 03:56 AM Re: Your occupation!
AZNpiano Offline
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Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 5459
Loc: Orange County, CA
Public-school Choral Director by day

Private Piano Instructor by night

If it weren't for the medical/dental/vision benefit package, I'd given up on my day job a long time ago. That, plus the fact I need to make house payments. Teaching piano is not exactly a lucrative vocation.
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#505559 - 01/13/08 04:49 AM Re: Your occupation!
Bernardo Offline
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Registered: 11/23/06
Posts: 47
Loc: Nantes, France // Rio de Janei...
how can you tune an organ? I thought the size of those pipes were unchangeable...

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#505560 - 01/13/08 04:59 AM Re: Your occupation!
PoStTeNeBrAsLuX Offline
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Registered: 10/31/05
Posts: 2618
Loc: Geneva, Switzerland
General and financial management for a 10 person company, (part of a group employing 150 worldwide), specialising in sale/rental of professional TV studio equipment. I've worked in that sector for the past 15 years, before that advertising/publishing sales and university.

classik51:
I've always believed that if you HAVE to play music (as you would if it's your job) it would take some of the pureness away from it, so I'm not sure if it will ever be more than a hobby (although a very beautiful one).[/b]

You sound exactly like me when I was 16-17 (flute was my main instrument, but I had similar capabilities/grades for piano.) I decided to study languages at university instead, though I did research a few music degrees and other musical further education options; I even visited some colleges/universities and had interviews with faculty members and admissions tutors.

Looking back from the age of 41, I do occasionally have a tinge of regret that I did not follow a musical career, as music is something that I love, rather than something that I "like a lot and find interesting." Then again, I have met lots of different people from various cultures and backgorunds, travelled to many marvellous parts of the world, have enjoyed reasonable financial comfort and security, and I do enjoy my day job, though perhaps more in the "like and find interesting way" than actually "love." I am toying with the idea of going 50% part-time (or even stopping completely) in 4-5 years time, and then teaching piano/accompanying for a living, and floating off into retirement on a wave of musical activity \:\) . It would be quite a pay cut compared to what I earn now, but by then some major financial hurdles will have been mostly overcome in terms of house and children, and our needs will be somewhat less substantial as well.

I have accompanied (on a professional basis) for churches/choral societies, recital soloists, etc, in the past, and even had a couple of late beginner piano students just before leaving England in the late 90s. Since passing my DipABRSM performance diploma last year, I am going to start research into teaching issues this year. My teacher is aware of my thoughts and is being very supportive and helpful. The fact that I could give lessons in English or French, which opens up quite a large market here in a francophone city with many international organisations and foreign company headquarters. I am mother tongue English, but have used French exclusively at work for the past 8 years. I have lessons with my current teacher (of Swiss-German origin, with whom I started in 2005) exclusively in French, with the odd bit of German thrown in if neither of us can think of the French word \:\) .

-Michael B.
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#505561 - 01/13/08 02:06 PM Re: Your occupation!
hopinmad Offline
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Registered: 06/07/07
Posts: 1001
Loc: Eryri/Manchester
Loads of people here in IT


Me however in school
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#505562 - 01/13/08 02:14 PM Re: Your occupation!
BruceD Offline
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Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by btb:
now if I was marooned in Winnipeg I'd be out on the ski-slopes [/b]
Given that most of the area within a bird's eye view of Winnipeg is flatter than the proverbial pancake, you might have to go several leagues on your snowshoes - or in your dogsled - to even find a slope worthy of being called such. Cross-country, perhaps?

You could engage in the ultimate Canadian winter sport, however, outdoor ice hockey, something we can never do here in Victoria.

Regards,
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#505563 - 01/13/08 02:33 PM Re: Your occupation!
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
Originally from NH, but have lived in NYC since 1978. Currently in Brooklyn.

Computer programmer, VFP for several years. Currently Ruby and Ruby on Rails, converting legacy progs into web apps for our clients.

I also have 4 young piano students at the moment.
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#505564 - 01/13/08 04:04 PM Re: Your occupation!
tomasino Offline
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Registered: 03/24/05
Posts: 2039
Loc: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Professional photographer for over forty years. Before that, and during part of that time, I was a semi-pro wannabe professional tenor about town. Along with singing goes acting, and I've done some semi-pro wannabe professional acting about town too.

Currently, I play piano a lot, with no ambition other than to get better and to please myself in the process. About a year and one half from now, I will enter deep retirement, and will no longer have to take photo assignments for money.

The next phase?: I am attempting to reposition myself as a serious fine art photorapher, having ressurected a photo book project I started more than twenty years ago on the Mississippi River, tentatively titled "Stream of Consciousness." As part of this project, I have recently spent a fair amount of time in New Orleans, photographing in the flood ravaged, post-Katrina, lower 9th ward.

I vow to not stop playing the piano during this next phase, but to enjoy music even more.

Tomasino.
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#505565 - 01/13/08 04:11 PM Re: Your occupation!
T.S.R. Offline
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Registered: 05/08/06
Posts: 231
Loc: Chicago, IL
You can tune an organ because the pipes have the horizontal slots where there is a piece of metal that can be adjusted, and therefore tuned. It's not only the length of the pipe that determines tuning - that's part of the reason why old organs can sound very bad.

I'm a high school senior, this is my second year working as a church organist.

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#505566 - 01/13/08 05:59 PM Re: Your occupation!
classik51 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 77
Loc: Canada
To btb: yes, but looking at profiles is much less interesting than actually having people talk about themselves \:\)
Your description of me is very true. It actually would be exactly right except fortunately this year we didn't get much snow. (It's only -22 degrees celsius right now and it's JANUARY!)

To BruceD : I won't be jealous for long since I'm planning on moving to Vancouver in a couple of years to study law. Lots of rain there, though.

To Nikolas: I wish I could compose. However, I realized a long time ago that I'm not creative at all.

Now thanks to being non-sporty I'm not likely to break my arms (or fingers). Imagine breaking your fingers!

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#505567 - 01/13/08 07:51 PM Re: Your occupation!
Auntie Lynn Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 1105
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Auntie is in San Francisco. Work all day playing piano, in a wide variety of applications, for a first tier performing arts organization...dream job but very high energy...

Work with the absolute best in the business...

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#505568 - 01/13/08 10:29 PM Re: Your occupation!
joyolympia Offline
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Registered: 08/07/07
Posts: 52
Loc: Olympia, Washington
I'm a speech therapist in a hospital. I work mostly in an inpatient rehab unit with adults who have had strokes, head injuries, and the like. People come to our unit from the "regular" acute-care part of the hospital and stay for a few days to a few weeks. Patients work with me on regaining their speech and/or language abilities (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), swallowing abilities, and cognitive skills such as attention, memory, motivation, awareness, judgment, and processing. if it weren't for piano, this work could certainly absorb all my creative energies. As it is, I "like it a lot and find it interesting." I love having these two sides to my life--I go to work and interact intensely with people people people, then come home to solitude, using the discipline of practice to hammer out my own creative freedom. I love the way the two sides ground each other--working with people in crisis helps keep me from getting too artily high-minded and obscure, and the art keeps me aware of the other, more important, non-hospital parts of my patients' lives.
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#505569 - 01/13/08 11:11 PM Re: Your occupation!
miaeih Offline
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Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 267
Loc: SF Bay Area, CA
Medical device engineer in SF Bay Area and a piano teacher for lil kids after work. Teaching started as a volunteering thing in college for under-privileged elementary school kids and turned into a way to keep music/piano in my life for the past few years while I saved up and wondered how to get a piano. Finally bought a piano a year ago and trying to pick up on my own back where I left off when I went to college.

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#505570 - 01/14/08 12:21 AM Re: Your occupation!
newport Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 492
Telecom IT engineer, design and writing telecom programs, solving customer telecom system problems. I am a good IT engineer, much better than how I can play piano. (Learned piano because mother wanted me to and it was the thing to do \:\) )
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#505571 - 01/14/08 12:50 AM Re: Your occupation!
BruceD Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by classik51:

To BruceD : I won't be jealous for long since I'm planning on moving to Vancouver in a couple of years to study law. Lots of rain there, though.

[/b]
Good move! And when the rain in Vancouver gets too depressing, you can always take respite from it in Victoria!

Regards,
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#505572 - 01/14/08 12:59 AM Re: Your occupation!
currawong Offline
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 5921
Loc: Down Under
 Quote:
Originally posted by classik51:
I've always believed that if you HAVE to play music (as you would if it's your job) it would take some of the pureness away from it [/b]
(I wrote a reply and then my computer ate it \:\( - try again...)

Well I play the piano for my living - I freelance as an accompanist - and I don't think of it as having to play music, rather that I'm lucky because I get to play lots of great music and collect a fee. At present this is what I mainly do, though I have a few students as well.
I have spent a number of exhausting years teaching class music in schools (both primary and high school) - now there's a way to really earn your money!!
I don't envisage retiring any time soon, as I'm enjoying myself too much, but when I do it will probably be something like PoStTeNeBrAsLuX, "floating off into retirement on a wave of musical activity" \:\)
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#505573 - 01/14/08 06:54 AM Re: Your occupation!
Daffodil Offline
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Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 166
Loc: In a big country
 Quote:
Originally posted by currawong:
...
Well I play the piano for my living - I freelance as an accompanist ...I have a few students as well....

[/b]
Currawong, a friend of mine suggested I think about working as an accompanist for exam students just two days ago - this was the first time I'd considered it, and I have to say I expect I'd need to be a lot less sketchy in my playing than I am now. Now here comes the stupid question - is it very difficult?

Currently I'm working on expanding my piano knowledge and ability so I can expand my student base (just one student coming into this year!!!).

And my plans too are to never retire but teach and play for as long as my body and mind holds out. \:\)
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#505574 - 01/14/08 09:13 AM Re: Your occupation!
Stanza Offline
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Registered: 01/18/02
Posts: 1458
Loc: Chapel Hill, NC
I am a clinical embryologist (i.e. test tube baby doctor).
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#505575 - 01/14/08 09:17 AM Re: Your occupation!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by currawong:
I have spent a number of exhausting years teaching class music in schools (both primary and high school) - now there's a way to really earn your money!! [/b]
Too right! I now just teach enough piano to pay the bills. Nice work if you can get it.
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#505576 - 01/14/08 09:18 AM Re: Your occupation!
PoStTeNeBrAsLuX Offline
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Registered: 10/31/05
Posts: 2618
Loc: Geneva, Switzerland
Stanza:
I am a clinical embryologist (i.e. test tube baby doctor).

So couples come to you when they want "a womb with a view?"

-Michael B.
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#505577 - 01/14/08 09:23 AM Re: Your occupation!
jehalliday Offline
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Registered: 01/12/08
Posts: 119
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I am a retired lawyer living is south-central Ontario. Two months ago I resumed taking piano lessons after a 33 year absence. I just wanted to be able to enjoy playing again. It's a bit of a struggle at times but definitely worth the effort.

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#505578 - 01/14/08 09:27 AM Re: Your occupation!
keyboardklutz Offline
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Welcome to PW jehalliday! I grew up in Kitchener! How about that?

I forgot to mention - my main occupation would seem to be posting at PW (and I'm not the only one).
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