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Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I knew I wanted to play a low-pitched instrument and couldn't get a sound out of anything brass, so I kind of accidentally ended up with the bassoon.
What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I am currently pursuing a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and am taking auditions for professional orchestras. I also have a strong interest in arts administration and have worked in the past for Orchestras Canada, a national service organization for Canadian orchestras. I think it is the responsibility of all musicians to be active advocates for the arts, and I plan to make arts advocacy a large part of my professional life in addition to performing.
What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I moved to Los Angeles a year ago and have been enjoying living so close to the beach and being able to go swimming in the ocean year-round! I also bought a bike and have been trying to not spend so much time in my car.
Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Sergio Azzolini is one of my favourite bassoonists - he even makes baroque bassoon sound good, which isn't easy to do!
What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
I rarely listen to classical music when I'm not at school. Lately I've been playing lots of Hawksley Workman, The Weakerthans, Ingrid Michaelson, Stars, The Cure, and Coeur de pirate.
What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
If one day couldn't play the bassoon anymore, I think I would try to become a professional cake decorator.