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Aidan Dugan

Calgary , Alberta , 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 read that it was a difficult instrument to play, so I was interested in the challenge. Though if I had known then what I was REALLY in for...

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I hope to earn my living by playing the oboe in some way, may it be playing in an orchestra, teaching, or performing chamber music.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
there's nothing I enjoy more than to to listen to and to perform classical music, and I hope one day to be making a living doing what I love.

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 ?
There are so few orchestral positions available and so many qualified players to compete against.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
We have the privilege of working with professional musicians of a very high caliber, performing standard repertoire, and of course gaining the valuable experience of just playing in an orchestra.

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.) ?
theatre and dance

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
theatre, fashion, interior design, calligraphy

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Bonnie Raitt

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Gundula Janowitz singing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs

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?
Working at Denny's!

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 sometimes wish I played the French Horn instead of the oboe

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
It is difficult to be successful as an artist, yet don't let that fact deter you! However, don't expect everything to be handed to you without hard work! Talent can only get you so far.

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?
Katie Schoepflin's stunning vocal performance at the 2011 talent show!