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Boeykens, Pauline (Louise)

Boeykens, Pauline (Louise), tuba, euphinium, trombone; b. Detroit, Michigan, 25 November 1962.  Daughter of Yvonne (b. 1923) who used to sing along with the juke box in her father's beer garden and (Willy) Joe (b.1927) Boeykens, an accountant who plays the accordion in his free time.

Pauline began playing the accordion at the age of 6. At the age of 10 her family moved to Normal, Illinois. She began to play the tuba at age 12 in the junior high school band. Her first teacher and mentor Ed Livingston tought her the basics through his love for the instrument and prepared her for her future as a free-lance tubist. She was in the Illinois All-State Band for 2 years and also attended National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mi. where she was a member of the World Youth Symphony and received an outstanding girl musicianship scholarship in 1980.

She received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. During this period she first discovered jazz through her participation in Richard Davis' Black Music Ensemble. She also had vast experiences in chamber music, orchestral music and contemporary music as well in the newly founded Women's Studies Department. Her teacher, John Stevens, inspired Pauline with his versitility, wisdom and exciting compositions. Another great inspiration were her regular lessons with Arnold Jacobs from 1981-1987. She participated and received scholarships from the Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer School) and Banff Centre Academy of Winds. She also played with the Marriot's Great America Band.

In 1989 she completed her M.M. at the Yale School of Music. There, she met and worked with young composers and played in the Yale Philharmonia. She then moved to New York City where she worked at various odd jobs and learned the Caruso Method from renouned trumpeter Laurie Frink.

Pauline moved to Hamburg in 1990. She has participated in festivals throughout Europe and has played with the NDR (North German Radio) Big Band, Carla Bley, Howard Johnson's Gravity, Dedication Orchestra, Giora Fiedman, Robbie Williams, United Women's Orchestra, Bardo Henning (Bardomaniacs, Experimenti Berlin), Bluetenzauber Trio, Alexander Dannullis, Salsa Band Mujeres, Hatshepsut, Georgia Hoppe, Vinko Globokar, Fred van Hove, productions in Hamburg State Theaters, Zeitoper Hannover, and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. She has also produced and performed her solo piece "Importance" (2000) for tuba, voice and effects with texts from Gertrude Stein. She was the recipient of a studio grant with Barbara Jungfer (guitar) for "Dorothy Reade's Gertrude Stein" from the Berlin Culture Senate.

In 2001 she moved to Berlin where she lives with her life partner, Stephanie Bart, a writer. Pauline is currently becoming certified as a Dispokinesis teacher. Dispokinesis is a technique for musicians to learn to use their bodies in the most efficient way for optimal performance.

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