Jim Bullock

At what age did you start playing the instrument you play in the PSO?


Did you learn another instrument first?


Why did you choose your current instrument?

In anticipation of retirement from performance on a public, non-portable instrument, I wanted a portable musical outlet that could see me through my remaining days—one with which I could drive people bananas once I am confined to the nursing home.  I discovered immediately that I could do that with the violin.  Many of the renowned performers and composers of history have played a string instrument in addition to their primary instrument.  I wanted to gain the musical perspective of a string player in order to better understand the literature that I knew.

How long have you played with the PSO?

I joined SCCO, predecessor of PSO in 2005.

Where do you live?

Durham, NH

Do you play with any other groups?


What do you like about playing with a symphony orchestra?

The opportunity to continue learning and performing, the intimate exposure to literature less well known to me, as well as the social contact.

How do you spend your time outside of the PSO?

Retired—domestic maintenance, activities to maintain mobility and brain function.

What is your favorite piece of music to play on your instrument?

Everything J.S. Bach.  I have many other favorites.

Tell me about your musical education.

B.Mus; M.Mus (performance)

Any recognition or accolades you want to share?

Resume is currently of little import.