Pearl began classical training in piano and violin before age 3, and began reading music before reading words. She was gigging as a pianist, violinist and church organist by age 16, and started college at Ball State University on a violin scholarship. For the last 10 years her most consistent form of employment has been as a musical theatre accompanist. While working on her MFA in Acting at UC San Diego, Pearl was cast as Maria in a production of "Twelfth Night", for which the director inquired whether she might be able to learn a song on the accordion. Pearl obliged, and soon realized that she had discovered a very useful skill: the ability and willingness to learn a new instrument for the purpose of a show. Last year Pearl was cast as Rita in (and learned percussion and harmonica for) "Cowgirls!" at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a multi-instrumental country musical in the vein of John Doyle's revivals of "Sweeney Todd" and "Company" (If you're reading this, Mr. Doyle, Pearl loves your work, and wouldn't a fiddle-playing Baker's Wife be something?). In the past 4 years Pearl has added at least 5 instruments to her collection and is always looking forward to the next one.
A list of instruments, in order of proficiency:
INTERMEDIATE (sufficient to perform or compose for)
Recorder (tenor through soprano)