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Merrissa Ollivier

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Hometown / ville
Vancouver, British Columbia

Age / âge
18

Instrument
Harp

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My piano teacher suggested that I should consider a second more unusual instrument.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I am currently pursuing a double degree in Science and Music. I hope to have a professional career as a chamber/orchestral musician and soloist. I also hope to have a career in the health sciences and would like to be involved in international volunteering and medical ethics.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
NYOC was an amazing experience and provided an environment where I was able to work with others who share my passion for music and aspire to perform at a professional level.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I have always been very involved in dance especially in ballet. I have done my examinations in classical ballet and have also trained for many years in jazz lyrical contemporary and musical theatre. I also enjoy swimming and rowing and have my lifeguard certification.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Hayley Westenra

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Coldplay Ali Milner The Fray A Fine Frenzy

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Lady Antebellum: One Day You Will Coldplay: Clocks Coeur de pirate: Comme des enfants

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
I would have applied for a Shad Valley Alumni internship and would also have attended the SOAP orchestral program.

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?
I have my certification in scuba diving and am a qualified lifeguard.

For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour? / Pour participants vétérans: Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de NYO Canada?
My fondest memory from last summer was playing Mahler 6 at our final concert at the Roy Thomson Hall and realizing how amazing we sounded after only a few short weeks of playing together. We came together as strangers and left as colleagues and life-long friends.