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Sarah de Niverville, NB

Victoria , British Columbia , CANADA

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01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?
17

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I began playing the violin when I was five, but when I was in high school I had several people suggest to me that I should play viola. For a while I was stubborn and politely refused, but then towards the end of grade 12 I decided to borrow a viola from my old violin teacher just to try it out. I spent the summer playing through Suzuki viola books to learn alto clef. I thought that viola would be my "secondary instrument". I began my undergrad degree as a violin major. However, once people found out that I also played viola, I ended up playing viola for everything except my violin lessons! I officially switched to viola before my third year of undergrad, and never looked back.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would really like to have a full-time position in a professional orchestra, but I also wouldn't mind playing in a string quartet or another small chamber ensemble. I also did a lot of work with student composers while I was in school, so I can definitely see myself playing new music as part of my career.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love travelling! I'm very excited to go to Portugal this summer with NYO! I also do a fair amount of writing when I have spare time.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I have in the past, but not recently

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Debussy, Mahler, Brahms, Sibelius

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
I don't even know - there's too many pieces I love for me to name just one!

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Bartok

09. 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 l’ONJC ?
The best memories are of spending time with friends between and after rehearsals, and exploring cities while on tour.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
It was the thing I was most passionate about, therefore it was the best thing I could see myself doing as a career.

11. What do you think 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 ?
Performance anxiety for playing solo, especially if I have to play by memory. I'm much more comfortable playing onstage with other people.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I had an amazing experience when I did it previously. Portugal was definitely a bonus this year!

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
The previous times I participated, I felt like I became much more confident as a section leader. I also learned how to work through difficult chamber music repertoire and perform it successfully - two years ago I performed Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 5, and then last year I had to play Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1. I know that playing with NYO for another summer will help me continue to build on the skills I have already gained. Going to Portugal will also be a nice reward to myself for surviving grad school.

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
Quartet Fest West

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
I would probably be doing another summer music program, or working at home in New Brunswick.

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
Definitely finishing my Master's degree.

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
University of Victoria Graduate Award