Tori Boell


Photos by Matt Dine


Maine Chamber Music Festival, 2018–19; Bronx Opera Company, 2022; New York Army National Guard 42nd Infantry Division Band, 2021

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

My earliest memories of classical music are with my grandmother, who introduced me to many classical composers and their works. She also introduced me to movies with incredible soundtracks, such as The Sound of Music.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?

When I was little, I realized the value of finding a career that would provide my life with purpose and happiness. Playing the horn has provided so much opportunity and happiness for me, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! 

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I heard about TŌN from friends who had been a part of the orchestra at different points in time. They all talked about the amazing experiences that they have all had working with TŌN and Bard faculty, guest artists and conductors, and fellow orchestra members. The learning and performance opportunities that musicians receive as a part of TŌN are incredible, and create an atmosphere that is amazing to be a part of!

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

Successful music groups consistently represent the audiences that they are trying to attract. Programs for orchestras should more equally represent living and historical composers, with presentations of pieces by composers from a wider variety of races, cultural backgrounds, and orientations.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

I would love to play double bass. It’s such a beautiful instrument with so much variety in performance styles!

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

If there was something besides being a musician that I would enjoy doing, I would probably be doing it. It’s honestly just hard to imagine myself doing anything else. To be in a profession where I can bring peace and joy to those listening while presenting work that I can genuinely be proud of is an absolute blessing.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

I absolutely love plants, my apartment is filled with them! That being said, I know that I’ll have no issues finding room to fit more. 🙂