We recently interviewed Wilder Newport residents Anthea and her husband, Jason. Both are professionally trained musicians and we’ll definitely be sharing links to their upcoming performances via our events page. In the meantime, enjoy this interview exploring why they chose to move to Wilder Newport.
How long have you lived in Newport?
We bought the Newport house in December and enjoy weekends, bringing family together, and school vacations in Newport.
What do you do for work?
We are a concert violinist and cellist, and Jason is a conductor. We toured extensively with YoYo Ma and played our Carnegie Debut with our trio. I gave my solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and studied with Isaac Stern. Our older girl is 5, and by the age of 6 months she had been to 25 states on tour with us. At that moment, we decided to move west to be closer to family and take a couple of years off to raise our family (now we have a second girl, age 3). I stepped away from university teaching (I taught at Lawrence and Wesleyan) to move here – Jason is a professor at Willamette University and conducts the Eugene Youth Orchestra. We are starting to tour again – I was acting concertmaster of Eugene Symphony and Portland Opera, and play a number of concertos with the orchestra each year as well as some light touring throughout the states. Our trio is releasing a new cd and will be touring again next year.
Why did you decide to move to Wilder?
Love the feel, and the surroundings.
What are your favorite features of Wilder?
Comfortable home, quiet, beautiful woods and trails, nice safe place for our girls.
What do you like about its location?
Tsunami safe! Eagles.
What are you looking forward to as the development moves into its second phase?
Is there going to be a latté place?? (Editor’s note: glad you asked, click here to learn about the coffee shop building, currently in development)
What would you tell someone that is thinking about moving into Wilder?
Nice homes, safe, quiet, comfortable. Great location.
Do you have any favorite haunts in the area?
La Maison, beaches, public library, aquarium.
Anything else you want to add about your experience with Wilder Newport?
We love staying in Newport and having grandparents come to visit and stay!