Terry Maskin, English Horn and Section Oboe
Are you a native Charlottean?
No. I am originally from Alpine, NJ. When I lived in Alpine, it was a small, quiet town with no street numbers, no home mail delivery, and no high school. Alpine has had a number of famous residents over the years including Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Murphy, Britney Spears, Sean Combs, Chris Rock, Lil' Kim, Russell Simmons, Wesley Snipes, Patrick Ewing and Kellyanne Conway. All of these people moved to Alpine after I left.
What has been the highlight of your career with the Charlotte Symphony?
I have appeared as a soloist with the orchestra on several occasions including "The Swan of Tuonela" (Sibelius), "Concerto for English Horn and String Orchestra" (Persichetti), and "Concerto for Two Oboes in d" (Vivaldi). The Vivaldi Concerto for Two Oboes was especially fun because the other soloist was my wife, Jenny Sperry.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy playing chess and table tennis. The highlight of my chess career was when I scored a draw against a Grandmaster in an exhibition match. I had the opportunity to play table tennis with the famous tennis hustler, Bobby Riggs. I beat him--twice. Another table tennis highlight: in my final year as a member of the Harvard team, we were the champions of the Northeast Intercollegiate Table Tennis League.