LONG BEACH — Today if somebody asked, "Is there a doctor in the house?", Jessica Pearlman wouldn't raise her hand. But had her life taken a different course, there's the possibility she would be performing surgery instead of Beethoven.
That's because Pearlman, the principal oboe player for the Pacific Symphony, was at first en route to be a doctor.
"I wanted to be a scientist and I wanted to go to med school," Pearlman said. "That was my whole dream."
To achieve that dream she began studying neuroscience at Oberlin College. Pearlman even interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the neurology department for a summer.
Fortunately studying medicine didn't force the 26-year-old Long Beach resident who's from Half Moon Bay — a tiny coastal town south of San Francisco — to give up her musicality that began at age 7. She did both at Oberlin. It was the perfect choice: a college with a world-class conservatory and top-notch pre-med program.