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Class of 2017 Student Blair Germain to Perform at Boston’s Symphony Hall

Second year student will play first chair oboe in “Onstage at Symphony” Community Concert

Blair Germain, Class of 2017, will participate in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s community concert on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The inaugural “Onstage at the Symphony” program allows local musicians the opportunity to perform onstage at Symphony Hall in a community performance. Through a lottery system, amateur musicians who have pursued careers outside of music receive the chance to perform with a full orchestra. They play under the leadership of Thomas Wilkins, BSO Germeshausen Youth and Family Concert Conductor.

Ms. Germain exemplifies the rich, diverse interests NECO students bring to the College and integrate into their daily lives and practices. Although studying for a future in optometry, Ms. Germain also identifies as an oboist. Originally planning to pursue a career as a music educator, Blair eventually interned at an optometrist’s office and found a way to nurture her growing interest in math and science. She believes her experience on the stage has helped her develop as a burgeoning optometrist, giving her confidence and a way of presenting herself to others when working with patients. Today, she balances her studies while still integrating music in her life by playing in two local groups—a sight reading orchestra, the Harvard Music Association, and a community band in Brookline.

Her passion for music helped win a spot to play first chair oboe in the community concert. For more information about the program, visit the BSO website.