Maria Sonevytsky's parents didn't allow her English or television as a child, but, in the Sonevytsky household, VHS cassettes of the Ring Cycle and The Magic Flute were permissible. And thusly she first learned about music and dark Teutonic drama. Then, at 6, she started piano lessons. Now she still plays the piano, and also the accordion. But not the oboe anymore, so stop asking. She's written some music for dance, she sings Ukrainian songs, and once, she fake-clogged with members of the Carter family. She plays as much as she can with the formidable trio known as The Debutante Hour, and is counting the days until the dissertation monkey gets off her back.