Hometown / ville
Age / âge
How old were you when you started playing your instrument? / Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
I was 13.
Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I chose the bassoon because I liked the sound of the instrument - the deep round dark warm timbre. I didn t know that I would be getting into a virtual video game containing a total of 13 thumb keys.
What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to be part of a high-calibre symphony orchestra as a professional bassoonist and develop and perform my solo repertoire. I would be open to recording teaching furthering my ability to play the contrabassoon and learning to play period bassoons.
What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I really enjoyed watching Fantasia as a small child. I started playing recorder when I was eight and received an alto saxophone as a tenth birthday gift. My love for music grew over the years (along with my instrumental collection) and pursuing classical music was the end result of a natural progression.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your pursuit of a career in music? / Quel est le plus grand obstacle à surmonter afin de poursuivre une carrière en musique ?
Winning a professional audition as there are limited openings.
How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
I feel that the demanding atmosphere and high standard of NYOC will motivate me to take initiative and collaborate with the orchestra members to overcome musical challenges. It will be good to work with and learn from the different instructors and orchestra members. I believe that at the end of the session I will come away improved in all aspects including practice habits reed-making and doubling instruments.
Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I have not done much of that recently. In the past I have composed and arranged but I really enjoy transcribing.
Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
No not really. I find that music alone keeps me busy enough.
What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I appreciate the details of grammar. I enjoy studying French and Spanish and I am working toward being fluent in these two languages. I also like to keep a journal. I am working on perfecting my gastronomical masterpiece - French toast.
Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
There are so many of them to choose from and I just take what I like from each one. I've enjoyed listening to Sergio Azzolini Albrecht Mayer and Sergei Nakariov.
Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
From my saxophone years I enjoyed Gerry Mulligan's jazz bari sax playing.
What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Many different pieces resonate with me but one of my favourites is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.
What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
I got one as a gift but I've never used it.
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'd be practicing making reeds ... and getting my G1. Kudos to everyone who jumped on the bandwagon and got it over with when they were 16.
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 can beatbox to an extent - I just need to work on adding to my repertoire of sounds. I can also moonwalk. I need to work on the maneuver while playing bassoon.
What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Take your practicing seriously but make sure and have fun. When you sit down know what you want to accomplish and go for it. Never turn down an opportunity to audition or play in a competition just because you think that you aren t "good enough" - you just might surprise yourself. Remember that not being accepted for the position doesn t mean that the audition itself was a failure; the experience is valuable and will help you grow for the next audition. Easier said than done I know. (Plus get your G1 G2 and G before university.)
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?
One of my favourite memories was strangely enough our first concert outdoors when we played Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture - how I plugged my earplugs and the cannons still weren't nearly quiet enough; how I jumped with every one of the sixteen shots (and at some of the exploding fireworks afterwards until I realized that they weren't the cannons); and these weird bugs that began to cover our choral music ... still it was quite memorable and a really ear-drum-shaking way to get acquainted with what it can mean to be a performer.