Vineyard Sound Blog
July 16, 2012
When asked the following questions about his time on Martha’s Vineyard and his experiences in the Vineyard Sound, Peter Oundjian responded:
1) What is your favorite part about singing in the Vineyard Sound for a whole summer?
Definitely the nature of the job. I have never been much of a 9 to 5 person, and therefore VS has been a dream come true. I get to do what I love, sleep in, and our office is our living room. We also have a tight knit group this summer and we do a lot of silly/fun things together. For instance, we had a scavenger hunt this past week organized by our music director Rory, who sent the remaining nine of us (split into teams of three) all around the island with a list of places to visit, various items to acquire, etc. My team dressed up in ridiculous outfits and ran around Oak Bluffs and Edgartown like maniacs… it was truly a bonding experience.
2) What has been your favorite place to visit on Martha’s Vineyard?
I can’t decide between the tranquility of Ice House Pond in West Tisbury and the sheer fun of Jaws Bridge on Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Ice House is a great place to swim and clear your head and I would never turn down the opportunity to jump off a bridge into the ocean.
3) Where is your favorite place to eat on the island?
Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches for sure. They serve huge mounds of heavenly deliciousness between two slices of bread. Try the veggie breakfast burrito, I promise you won’t regret it!
4) What new habits/hobbies have you picked up or started doing more of since coming to Martha’s Vineyard?
I have begun to wean myself off of meat for various reasons, namely personal health and environmental concerns within the food industry. With help from our two resident vegetarians CJ and Ethan T, it’s been much easier than I expected it to be and I’ve been managing to eat meat only once or twice a week with the objective of being completely meat free by the fall. I also feel so much better and more lively since beginning this endeavor – for the record, I highly recommend it if you’re considering trying it.
5) What has been most valuable to you about this experience so far?
The companionship within the group, both musically and socially. We have had great musical chemistry since the beginning of the summer and I have been lucky enough to spend the past month and a half working and living with some of the most genuine,
supportive and creative people I have gotten to know. The social chemistry is also palpable – we’re all noticeably rubbing off on each other. The house is always filled with laughter and conversation and music, and my appreciation for the atmosphere of this
group is something I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life.