We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level. Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!
Cheryl H. is an active local musician here in Columbus, performing with many various ensembles across the area. She splits her time here at Stanton’s between many different tasks and departments, and is able to help our customers with almost any request they have!
What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – I work in the Choral Department primarily but assist in the Instrumental and Receiving Departments when needed.
What do you consider your specialties here? – Since I work in 3 different departments throughout the year, there are ‘specialties’ or strengths for each department. In the Choral Dept. I would say my strength is more in the Sacred/Church Music. In the Instrumental Department, I would consider myself a ‘woodwind’ Solo & Ensemble/Method specialist, and in the Receiving Department, my general knowledge of how our store’s inventory is tracked and updated, along with my knowledge of the retail store/publisher relationship works is extremely helpful.
How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – I was hired in August of 1988 in the Billing/Shipping Department and have worked as a full-time, part-time, and seasonal employee for these last 28 years.
What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – I am a very detailed oriented person so I enjoy keeping things organized and clean within the departments I work. I am known around the store as ‘Sherlock Cheryl’ because I, 99% of the time, am able to hunt down a piece of music in our inventory that my colleagues have been looking for and weren’t able to find.
What is your hometown? – Westerville, Ohio
Where did you go to college? – Otterbein College (now Otterbein University)
What is your major instrument? – Clarinet(s), and secondary, Saxophone(s)
Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I am a hired musician in and around the Columbus, Ohio area, I currently play bass clarinet with the Westerville Community Concert Band on a regular ‘volunteer’ basis, and I sing soprano in my church choir at Central College Presbyterian Church.
What do you like to do in your spare time? – Spare time? What’s that? No, I really enjoy the quiet “down time” I have with my husband, and family time with our grown children, little as it may be, as well as volunteering at my church!
What days are you available at Stanton’s? – I am typically at Stanton’s Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. There are times of the year, primarily in July, August, and September when I am in on a Saturday.
What is the last song/piece you listened to? – “Candle on the Water” from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. John and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and this was ‘our’ song!
What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – As of this writing I last played an arrangement of Copland’s “Hoe Down” for concert band on my bass clarinet in rehearsing for an upcoming concert. I last sang “Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord” by Dave & Jean Perry with my church choir last Sunday.
If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – I would love to play with Benny Goodman, and perform for John Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
What is your most memorable musical moment? – My final concerts in band, orchestra, and choir from high school. We had a really great senior class of musicians, many whom I still am privileged to perform with today as a professional (not to mention the best high school music teachers EVER!)
If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – No question, I would choose piano! I took lessons for 7 years as a child and wish now I would have kept it going! But am very thankful for the musical foundation those 7 years gave me!
What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I can’t think of any that were ‘unusual’ off the top of my head.
What musical sound or noise do you love? – I love listening to an accomplished oboist with a smooth, rich, open tone!
What musical sound or noise do you hate? – The exact opposite of my last answer!!
If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight, which would you choose and why? – I would choose to perform! I love being a musician and am fortunate to have played many ‘great’ performances in my lifetime. It brings great pleasure to make beautiful music with my fellow musicians! (However, I also love listening to a great concert as well!)
If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – Well, I have no doubt that Heaven does indeed exist! It would be my pleasure to play with the members of Benny Goodman’s Big Band!!!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – If I hadn’t gone with my heart in choosing to be a musician/teacher, I would have followed in my father’s footsteps in choosing something in the medical profession. Most likely nursing!
What profession would you not like to do? – Construction or road work!
On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – Hmm….I would say maybe a 6. I have always been told by my family and friends that I have a great sense of humor.
Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)? – Harrison Ford!!!!
Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Nothing in particular.
Do you love or hate roller coasters? – I LOVE Roller coasters! (Although I’m a bit more cautious about them as I get older for some reason!)
If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – I would love to be able to fly! (especially with as bad as traffic is these days)
How many pairs of shoes do you own? – Oh boy…..that’s a loaded question….I would say enough, my husband would say way too many!
Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I would love to win the lottery and continue to work or volunteer at the ‘perfect’ job – if there is such a thing!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I love spaghetti and a good salad with homemade garlic bread!