Thalia Dain, viola

Years playing with the PSO: 8
Lives in: Rollingsford, NH

How old were you when you started playing the viola? Why did you chose the viola?

I was eight. I chose the viola because of a music teacher named Mrs Brothers. She came to the 4th grade classes to talk about orchestra and see who might want to play. She looked at my hand and pronounced, “This is a viola hand!” And my mind was blown!

What do you like about playing with a symphony orchestra?

I love performing with and working together with a large group of people to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The symphony orchestra hive mind is so fascinating to me.

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

Arpeggione Sonata, D.821 by Schubert!

Tell us about your musical education.

My musical education? Not a whole lot, if we don’t count playing 4th-12th grade in public school and private lessons during that time. I jam out to my favorite songs and with fellow musicians and enjoy going off the script of sheet music (ie. off the rails). That being said, music is a beloved hobby and I am very fortunate to have the opportunities to play with and learn from true professionals in the PSO.

How do you spend your time outside of the PSO?

I am an acupuncturist and massage therapist and practice Chinese Medicine at my office in Dover. When I’m not at work, I’m traveling, sailing and reading.