When I was growing up outside of Boston, our family doctor played the violin. Around Boston it was common for doctors to be musicians (and even for musicians to be doctors). Out here in Central Illinois there are lots of musicians with doctoral degrees in various disciplines, but I haven't come across a medical doctor-musician in years. What a treat it was to come across this beautifully-written blog by a Boston-based anesthesiologist who recently started playing the oboe.
I am very glad that there are still a lot of doctor-musicians "practicing" in the world. There's a famous doctors' orchestra that seems to be thriving in Los Angeles, there's one in Houston, one in New York, one in Europe, one in Philadelphia, and of course one in Boston.
Tags: Musical Doctors, Doctors' Orchestras, Classical Music