Nobel Medicine Winner Says: I owe it all to my bassoon teacher!

One of our board members sent us this link today.  October 9, 2013 by  (from artsJournalblogs)

MYA is more than music. . .  MYA has several wonderful bassoon Alums who studied other subjects after high school.  Sam Sogin ('07 Alum) majored in Economics as an undergrad and Civil Engineering as a grad student at U of I.  He is currently working for the Union Pacific Railroad in research and planning.  Ben Steinhorn ('08 Alum) went to MIT as an undergrad, Physics and Mechanical Engineering major.  He is currently at Harvard Medical School/MIT, studying Biophysics.  We like to think that they, too, will be music lovers for life and use the skills they learned and needed at MYA for their current pursuits.  Who knows?  We may have a future Nobel Prize recipient among our Alums.

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homas Sudhof, who shares this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology, told The Lancet in August 2010 that he owes his powers of analysis and concentration to studying a musical instrument.
What apart from your family is the passion of your life?
I always try to understand everything I encounter—not only in science, but also historical and political events and music and movies—get to grips with the content, meaning, and process. This is immense fun, as strange as that may sound.
Who was your most influential teacher, and why?
My bassoon teacher, Herbert Tauscher, who taught me that the only way to do something right is to practice and listen and practice and listen, hours, and hours, and hours.
What is your favourite book, and why?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, because it is a microcosm of the world and Goethe’s beautiful language expresses all of our potential and contradictions.
You can have dinner tonight with a famous person—who would it be?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so that I could try and find out if his creativity was conscious or inherent.
h/t Gerhard Veith

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