Terri Van Valkinburgh, PrincipalViola

Terri Van Valkinburgh

Hometown:

Spokane, Washington

Where did you study?

Rice University, The Juilliard School

What do you love most about your instrument?

All the jokes

What’s on your playlist at the moment?

REM and Greg Brown

Who is your all-time favorite performer?

Rene Pape

If you could sit down and chat with any musical figure (dead or alive) who would it be?

Frank Zappa

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival?

Carlos Kalmar at the podium during rehearsal yelling: “Nein, nein, nein!”