Stephanie March may not have consciously chosen the cello as her instrument of choice.
"Perhaps it chose me?" she wondered. "I was quite young when I became interested in playing the cello. My parents tell me I started asking for one when I was 18 months old."
March, the featured performer for Sunday's Sioux City Chamber Music Association presentation, started lessons on her third birthday.
"Before that time, I attended Sioux City Symphony Concerts regularly with my parents when the symphony used to perform in Eppley Auditorium," she said, referring to her parents, James and Kathryn March. "I recall always loving the sound of the cello section and became more fascinated when I got my hands on an actual instrument. It is a very versatile instrument with an extremely wide pitch range and so many colors and expressive possibilities. I guess it just became my inner voice."
March performed at a young age, not only as a soloist but also as an orchestral musician -- first in the Symphonette, then the Youth Symphony and finally, four seasons as a member of the Sioux City Symphony.
"I thoroughly enjoy expressing myself through my instrument," she said. "Sharing that expression and being able to communicate with others through performance is a natural outgrowth of that passion."
Chamber music has always been a part of March's life as well.
"Starting at age 6, I began performing in chamber groups," she said. "It is fun to be coming back to Sioux City to perform as a guest artist on the Sioux City Chamber Music Series particularly because many years ago I competed as both a soloist and as a chamber musician in their 'Introduces' competition. As a winner of that competition, I earned the opportunity to be an 'opening act' on one of the subscription concerts many years ago. So, the choice to pursue performance gradually evolved through a variety of early performance experiences growing up in Sioux City."
March will perform pieces by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Kreisler, Schubert and Ginastera.
"In addition to classical music, I love listening to classic rock, oldies, Irish music, tango music and a wide variety of other genres," she said. "Some of my favorite non-classical artists include the Beatles, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Credence Clearwater Revival, and many others. I often psyche myself up for performances by listening to a little rock music while I'm getting ready beforehand."
Visiting family and friends will be on March's agenda when she returns to Sioux City.
"I can often be found roaming the halls of the Morningside College music building or playing in the practice rooms and Eppley Auditorium," she confessed. "I like to go to a few of my favorite restaurants including Hunan Palace, HuHot and it is always fun to catch a movie at Carmike Cinema. My caffeine addiction often means I will be found frequenting various coffee shops around town."