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Acknowledgements

I would like to mention a few people who have helped me along my path, to whom I am indebted, and without whom Free Gig Music would have never been possible.

First of all, I would like to acknowledge all of my teachers, both in violin and composition, for everything they taught me about music, as well as their endless patience and committment: my mother, Dorota Sobieska, who was my first teacher; Professor Janina Jarzebska at the Grazyna Bacewicz School of Music; Miss Helen Richards and Dr. Richard Franks at the Cleveland Music School Settlement; Stephen Majeske; Michal Sobieski; Piotr Milewski, Darrell Handel, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and my current teacher, violinist Hristo Popov.

In addition, I would like to extend my gratitude to several conductors with whom I had the good fortune to cross paths: Christopher Zimmerman; Ken Woods; and Dr. Frank Wiley at Kent State University. Their thoughtfulness and artistry is to me a continual source of inspiration, and it was in their orchestras that I first learned to listen for instruments other than the violins!

On a special note, I would like to thank my middle school string orchestra teacher, Mary Kay Pieski, for her hard work, incredible dedication, and ability to understand and employ music as a means to make the world a better place, as well as cellist Lindsay Taylor Brown, my die-hard gig companion, with whom I cut my teeth on the gig music scene here in northeastern Ohio.

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Furthermore, this site would never have been possible were it not for all the experience I gain as a musician and as a human being when granted the opportunity to work with my family's opera company, Opera Circle.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my family—my parents, my brother and sister, my aunts, uncles, and my grandparents—for all their love, wisdom, and support: musical and otherwise! And to send a shout-out to my great-great-grandfather who worked as an organist during the 19th century in Fordon, Poland, and started it all.

My deepest gratitude to all of you,

Wanda