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John Sullivan

John Sullivan
John Sullivan

Joined the RPO in 1979

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Music School attended: Cleveland Institute of Music

Most inspirational teachers: Charles Avsharian, Julius Stulberg, David Cerone, Bernhard Goldschmidt, John Celentano.

First music-related memory: Seeing and hearing the Grand Rapids Symphony, where my parents were principal clarinet and oboe.

What other orchestras have you performed with?
Grand Rapids Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra.

What I enjoy most about the Rochester area:
  The scope and variety of the scenery and cultural venues. For scenery there’s Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes. For culture there’s the Dryden Theatre, Eastman School, a myriad of concert series by a variety of organizations, GEVA a well as many other live theatre venues, many museums and historical places to visit. 

Hobbies: Beer brewing, vegetable gardening.

Pets: Two cats, Brown Tabby Gussie and Orange Tabby Ronan.

People would be surprised to know: That I make all my fires (wood stove and charcoal grill) by flint and steel.

The RPO is essential to Rochester because... The most culturally advanced cities always seem to have a first-class symphony orchestra. Arts institutions also help drive their local economies.

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