Musician Monday: Patrick Walle
Updated: Nov 15
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.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙣?
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 “pretty tone,” so I gave it a shot!
𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙣?
Strauss, hands down. Mahler and Brahms are tied for second.
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛, 𝙤𝙧𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙚?
It’s hard to pick just one, but playing Strauss’s “Eine Alpensinfonie” 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.
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙘𝙮𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩?
When I was a substitute member of the Buffalo Philharmonic one of the other horn players advised me to “make sure I had a hobby” and didn’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 “faster,” 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!
𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧?
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.
𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙞𝙛 𝙨𝙤, 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨?
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!
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙩𝙤𝙥 3 𝙉𝙖𝙨𝙝𝙫𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙀𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨?
Rolf and Daughters
𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙮𝙢𝙥𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙮?
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.