Once or twice every year, I get interviewed by high school or university students and I find that they ask very relevant questions. I have decided to post the questions and my hasty answers as they cause me to reflect on areas that I have chosen to forget or ignore.
In the past, these are the kind of questions that we (women and musicians generally) would answer in neutral and veiled terms, and while I hope that I've honestly avoided that, it becomes second nature as we try to protect ourselves from being seen as troublesome. It is time for classical musicians to be more candid, if only to make our stories more interesting. And also to explain some of the weirdness and occasional inability of classical groups to thrive. Even the effort to share our experiences candidly gives us experience in expressing our uniqueness.