Joseph Staten


YEAR: First

MAJOR: Undeclared

HOMETOWN: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

What’s your instrument of choice and why?

 Cello is my instrument, for several reasons.  The most prominent reason is its sound — the register of the cello is very close to that of the human voice, and produces a variety of sounds.

What are you involved with musically?

 I am a member of Upstate Rubdown and Dudemandude, both bands comprised of students at the University. Off campus, I am involved with the Manhattan School of Music precollege division, and my private instructor there, Marion Feldman.


 Who are your biggest influences?

 Yo-Yo Ma. Mstislav Rostropovich. Janos Starker. Most of my influences are classical musicians.

Who have you been listening to lately?

Lately, I have been going through all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, as well as some cello pieces by Brahms.

What’s your plan for the future?

 For the future, I hope to transfer to a college/conservatory, such as NYU, and pursue a degree in cello performance, while having a sufficient academic background. 

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

 Practice, practice, practice.