Steven Bodner

Steven Bodner was an extremely persuasive Philosophy-Music double-major from U-Mass Amherst whose zest for modern music, especially that of Louis Andriessen, is the governing principle behind Symphonic Winds. His powers of persuasion in drawing members into that ensemble, coupled with his tenacity in retaining membership, yielded the slogan "I can't say no to Steve Bodner", now immortalized in a facebook group.

However, it must be noted that he once said during MUS 202 aural skills lab, "Not everything Andriessen wrote is worth listening to."

Steve also had a great fondness for taking advantage of all of the balconies in Chapin Hall. A typical concert employing vocalists would put them on the balconies behind the stage, to either side of the stage, on the other side of the hall, to either side of the back of the hall, and on the stage itself with the instrumentalists.

One of the chief benefits of playing in SymphWinds was listening for Bodnerisms. Personal favorites include:

"This piece is like a glove. Molly holds it open and I slip my hand in."

"Turn the boiler on the stove; the water boils all night."

"You have to sing it to your favorite French tune. Why French? I don't know."

"It's like our own personal Haydn Farewell. The strings are leaving two by two. Or maybe Noah's Ark."

"Aw muffin."

Sadly, Steven Bodner passed away on January 11, 2011. You can read the Record article here.