Betsy Hudson Traba


Betsy Hudson Traba

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First Season with SO: 1993

Betsy Hudson Traba grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Mentor, Ohio where she began playing the flute at age 10 in an extraordinary public school music program. She continued her studies at Baldwin Wallace College where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree as a student of William Hebert and Jeffrey Khaner, followed by a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Julius Baker. Following graduate school, she moved to Germany where she served for 3 seasons as the Principal Flute of the Hofer Symphoniker in Hof, Bavaria.  In November of 1993 she began her tenure as Principal Flutist of the Sarasota Orchestra. In addition to her performance duties for the Orchestra, Betsy has served multiple terms as a leader of the Sarasota Orchestra Player's Association.  She maintains an active teaching studio working with flute students from age 9-90 and has created the "Symphonic Life" series of courses on orchestral music and musicians for the Pierian Spring Adult Education Academy. She is married to Sarasota Orchestra Principal Bassoonist Fernando Traba, and they have two teenage daughters who are both nationally ranked competitive swimmers. When she is not driving kids to and from pre-dawn swim practices, she enjoys gardening, languages and wine.

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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