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Emily Lair

Gimli , Manitoba , CANADA

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

Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I was struck by the horn's beautiful sound, and challenged by its demanding technique.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope that my career as a professional musician—whether I’m playing in an orchestra, chamber group, or teaching—will allow me to maintain my love for music, and share it with my community. The promotion of the arts in communities is an important goal for me, especially in rural areas.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I absolutely love to play my French horn, and I'm honoured to have the privilege to pursue a career sharing my love for music with others, in whatever form this career may take shape.

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 ?
The biggest challenge is probably the lack of jobs for orchestral musicians, and the high levels of competition.

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 will have great learning experiences with exceptional faculty, and learn invaluable information about musicians' health. And my favourite part: NYOC gives us the opportunity to network and make friends with other young musicians that will likely be our colleagues for the rest of our careers.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
Only casually.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I am very passionate about Women and Gender Studies. I love to sail with my family on Lake Winnipeg in my home town, Gimli, Manitoba.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
That's a hard question! ...but I love Sarah Willis!

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Sarah Harmer, among others.

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat- "Les Adieux"

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Radiohead's album "In Rainbows"

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?
Equal parts practicing and lying on the beach in Gimli!

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 make my own bread from scratch.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Listen to as much music as humanly possible, of as many genres as you can get your hands on.

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?
Crying during the Adagietto of our last performance of Mahler 5 on the 2011 tour.