Merryn Ledbetter Corsat

Principal Viola

Don’t tell her beloved Georgia Bulldogs but Merryn Corsat is the proud mother of three cats - Molly, Conrad and Pinky (née Bitsy)

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I play the viola. It is a lot like the violin but it burns longer.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I have no idea. Music is all I have ever wanted to do.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)
I am a musician with Body and Soul – the Art of Healing, sharing the healing properties of music with patients at local hospitals. I also enjoy camping with my husband in our 17ft. Casita travel trailer. We drove it to Alaska in 2008.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
The creative process constantly changes. Nothing we do is ever exactly the same. We have to work within the parameters set forth by the composer and the conductor, but there is still always my own personal stamp on every piece of music I play.

What sport(s) do you participate in?
I love to walk, jog and cycle. My favorite place is the Baldwin Rail Trail – no fear of traffic, a woodsy feel and the occasional deer sighting make riding a bike very enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite team?
Georgia Bulldogs! As a Dawgs fan, I am considered the black sheep of my Gator family!

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate Chip Cookies – cooked OR raw!

Who is your favorite composer?
Brahms. He is the perfect combination of intellect and emotion.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
Lyle Lovett and ABBA. And the soundtrack from “Dances with Wolves.”

Education
Bachelor of Music, Jacksonville University; Master of Music, University of Wisconsin at Madison