We are so truly honored to have Maestro David Loebel, Associate Director of the Orchestras of NEC College Division, as the newly appointed Music Director of the NEC Prep Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
About Maestro Loebel: Maestro Loebel is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but has lived in Chicago (he is an alumnus of Northwestern University), upstate New York, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Memphis, and now lives here in New England with his wife, a violinist from Vermont. It has been his dream to live in New England for a long time and he has an apartment in Boston, but his main home is in New Hampshire, near Dartmouth College. He currently has no pets, but considers himself to be a cat person (though he also likes dogs!).
Fun fact: Maestro Loebel once lent his guitar to John Belushi!
Q&A with David Loebel
What is your earliest musical memory?
Hearing my father practice the violin.
What made you decide to conduct?
I didn’t really decide. In college, I ran out of music courses to take and took an introductory conducting course. I auditioned for the advanced course almost as a joke, and to my great surprise, I got in. My senior year, I found myself in front of an orchestra for the first time and I have been there ever since.
Are there any musicians in your family?
My wife is a violinist, and so was my father.
If you could be anything other than a musician, what would you be?
A political columnist or second baseman for the Cleveland Indians.
What do you like doing outside of music?
Reading, watching movies, and enjoying the beauty of New England.
Most inspiring composer or piece of music?
I couldn’t live without Mozart.
What are the last 3 pieces/songs you listened to?
Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony (hee, hee)
What do you love most about NEC Prep?
The students, of course.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?
“Don’t forget to breathe.” – Leonard Slatkin
Any advice for young musicians in general?
Don’t forget to breathe.
Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Loebel, will perform on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8 PM in Jordan Hall. For more information, click here. Coincidentally, they will be performing the same 3 pieces that M. Loebel last listened to!