Name: Martha Miller Cornell
Instrument: Flute, piccolo
Hometown: Ferndale, MI
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 9
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Wendy and Jim Hohmeyer, Geoffrey Gilbert, Walfrid Kujala, William Bennett.
Who are your favorite composers? Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Nursing or psychology.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Silk Road Journey, Yo-Yo Ma; Keyed Up, Väsen.
Your hobbies and interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, travel, antiquing.
Funniest concert moment: My cleaning rod got stuck in my piccolo just before an entrance. Very nerve-wracking, but I did successfully extract it and play the entrance. (I have since purchased a different type of rod.)
Daily practice rituals: Tone and flexibility warm-up, Moyse "24 Small Melodic Etudes" selection, first two movements of Bach C Major Sonata.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Do you call yourself a flutist or a flautist?" My answer: "A flute player."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: I'm surrounded by dedicated, hardworking and inspiring musicians.