Member Spotlight: Betty Ann Hoehn
I started playing the piano at age six, and continued classical lessons through college. Although I continued to play off and on as an adult, it was only a few years ago that I came back to the piano in earnest. It was then that I started lessons with Mary Barranger, pianist for the San Diego Symphony. I consider it a huge blessing to be playing again and am incredibly grateful to be a member of AmateurPianists. This past September, I had my debut performance with the group when I performed Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major, from the Well-Tempered Clavier at St. James By-the-Sea, in La Jolla as part of their Sacred Music Recital. To play publicly (having just had surgery on my hand a few weeks earlier), and be so well received was very gratifying. As any of you who have already performed for this group will know, it is a “safe” environment, where amateur artists are nurtured and encouraged.
In my professional life, I am the coordinator for the Adult Education Program at the Oceanside Museum of Art, where I also present lectures on a number of topics. In addition to my work as an art historian, I am also an author whose two books have recently been published. In 2011, I released my first book, “Corinne and Me”. This story is based on my true life relationship with the black woman who raised me in the south of the 1960’s; a time of great upheaval. I recently published a second edition entitled, “One River, Two Oceans, and Raindrops in Between“. Both books are available on Amazon.
My greatest passions in life are my daughter, Brooke, and son, Rhodes, along with my two wonderful grandsons, Garrison (6) and Leeland (5). They are the light of my life; my favorite role is being their “Nana”.
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