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Musician Monday: Patrick Walle

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony in 2013, Patrick attended the Eastman School of Music, and was an active freelancer in upstate New York. He performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony, and was also a member of the Rochester Philharmonic for three seasons. When not playing the horn, Patrick enjoys Elite Amateur competitive cycling throughout the Southeast, recently co-founding a cycling media and coaching business called EVOQ.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™—๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ?

I began playing in the 4th grade. My Mom played the double bass while I was young. We took a listening test and I was told I could pick any instrument. When I got home from school I asked her what her favorite brass instrument was, and she said that the horn has a โ€œpretty tone,โ€ so I gave it a shot!

๐™’๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™—๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ?

Strauss, hands down. Mahler and Brahms are tied for second.

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ'๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช'๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™›, ๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™จ๐™š?

Itโ€™s hard to pick just one, but playing Straussโ€™s โ€œEine Alpensinfonieโ€ in 2014 was a work I had looked forward to playing ever since I first heard the piece in 2006. It was a transcendent experience.

๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™™๐™ž๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ?

When I was a substitute member of the Buffalo Philharmonic one of the other horn players advised me to โ€œmake sure I had a hobbyโ€ and didnโ€™t completely define myself by playing the horn in an orchestra, my lifelong dream. That stuck with me and when I won my first position in the Rochester Philharmonic I got a bike to lose weight. I really enjoyed the process of training and learning about how to get โ€œfaster,โ€ and I was hooked. I began racing 10 years ago and have traveled all across the country racing. I even had the opportunity to compete in the Tour of the Southland last year, a 550 mile 7 stage race across New Zealand!

๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™œ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ช๐™จ๐™ž๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™˜๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™š๐™ง?

In my mind, training on the bike and practicing have an incredible number of similarities. They both require a solid focus on technique and you can never work on your fundamentals enough! Training and practicing are very compatible with each other. Travel has often been complicated for the professional level racing events, but with a little bit of luck and good planning I have enjoyed many competitive seasons on the bike with 15-20 race days per year.

In 2019 I co-founded a cycling media and coaching business, EVOQ, and this year before COVID I started a cycling team as well! In 2021 the team will focus on mass start road events across the country and digital racing, also known as Eracing, on platforms like Zwift and RGT.

๐˜ฟ๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™จ๐™ค, ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ?

After my son was born I became an avid baker! I am totally hooked on the craft of building an artisan loaf of bread these days. The process has been therapeutic during the pandemic and furlough we are enduring. My wife does most of the cooking because she is a wizard with flavor but I can make a pretty decent crumb!

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฅ 3 ๐™‰๐™–๐™จ๐™๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™€๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™จ?



Rolf and Daughters

๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฎ๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฎ?

Performing the last few bars of any major symphonic work. The performance experience is always unique day to day, and I miss that spontaneity. I also really miss the collaboration of sitting amongst my colleagues. It was easy in the past to take that for granted and I look forward to these collective experiences again.

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