20 Questions: A sketch of Centre professor Barbara Hall

RELEASED: November 15, 2007

DANVILLE, KY1. Position: H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H.Stodghill Professor of Music; Chair—Division I

2. Hometown:
Born in Wilmington, Delaware; grew up in McLean, Virginia, and Taipei, Taiwan
3. Career Highlight: Teaching and conducting at Centre; establishing Sounding Joy, a community women's ensemble

4. Signature Course: Choral ensembles

5. Recent Publication:  Performance, not publication: "Sound the Trumpet in Zion"

6. Family: husband, Bill Breeze '45, sisters, brother and parents

7. Hobbies: Cooking, reading and walking

8. Most memorable experience of your education: Discovering conducting

9. Prized possession: Schimmel grand piano

10. Favorite book: Too many to mention. One would be Wayne Booth's, "For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals"

11. Memorable trip/vacation:
Our annual stay in Maine

12. Favorite movie:
"The Shawshank Redemption" for the great scene with the Mozart duet from "The Marriage of Figaro"

13. Favorite album: Bach's B minor Mass conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
14. Favorite artist (of any type): Janet Baker

15. Attitude toward technology: Wish it were more of a choice instead of a necessity

16. Person you most admire: My husband

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet:
Marin Alsop, conductor

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet:
Eleanor Roosevelt

19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre? Conducting and teaching somewhere else or working on a Ph.D. in art history

20. Describe yourself in three words: fast-walking, music-loving, project-devising

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