Newfoundland &Amp; Labrador
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 ?
Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I originally started to play the violin at age 6. In Grade 12 high school my youth orchestra (Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra) needed violists, so I decided to try it out. I stuck with it all through university, doing both violin and viola at my undergraduate degree, and then continued to play viola into my Master's degree. I only decided to make the full switch to viola this summer.
What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I want to provide musical opportunities and experiences to those who otherwise would not be able to experience this due to financial shortcomings, or geographical disadvantages. I feel very strongly that music should be accessible to everyone. I envision being part of a non-for-profit music organization that will focus on community development through music (similar to El Systema). We will do this by providing music lessons to all youth, as well as being an active musical presence in the community, performing regular professional quality chamber music concerts throughout the year. I want to share this dream with other professional musicians who are equally as enthusiastic about providing community development through the love of teaching and performing. I will continue to grow professional through collaboration with these individuals and others.
What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I wanted to pursue classical music because I love it so much! There is nothing more satisfying (to me) than playing music with others. I wanted to pursue an education in classical music so that I could become the best violinist I could be in order to be the best teacher to my future students.
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 for me is the balance between career and life. As a woman I often wonder how I will balance a musical career and have a family. When I look around myself in the world of professional musicians, I more often see women who decide to sacrifice their career in order to have a family, or women who decide not to have a family, in order to pursue their career. I am fortunate to have amazing role models, such as Nancy Dahn (professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland) who balances family life all while maintaining a professional level of music. The second challenge, is deciding where to end up! Music is amazing in that it can literally take you anywhere, but coming from a small town, where there is not really any professional music, it is hard to want to go back to a small town because it may stunt my own musical development.
How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Participating in the NYOC will provide me with invaluable orchestral experience. In addition to orchestral experience I am also very excited to take part in the chamber music portion of the program, as well as the lessons. As a violinist who recently made the full switch to viola, having the opportunity to study with a professional violist will be incredible. I am also really looking forward to being around other emerging professionals! This is a wonderful opportunity to make contacts and be inspired by people my own age.
Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
It is something I would love to do but don't have the time to develop while in school!
Do you participate in any other performing or creative arts?/ Êtes-vous artiste dans un autre milieu que la musique (théâtre, arts visuels, etc.) ?
I have a deep love of traditional Irish folk music and since living in Newfoundland, go to many "session" where we sit and play folk music together. The aural tradition is one I love very much because it allows me to be creative and share with others.
What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Outside classical music I have a huge love of traditional folk music, however I am also a closet swing-dancer. I love music from the roaring 20's and dance the lindy-hop and charleston. When I moved from Ontario to Newfoundland I found there was no lindy-hop in St. John's so I started a campus club "Swing Club" and share my love of swing dancing with a group of 40 people. We have weekly dance lessons and once a term I hired a live swing-jazz band to play at our end of term dance!
Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
I have huge admiration for James Ehnes.
Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
To many to choose from!
What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Dancing Cheek to Cheek
What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
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?
If I wasn't touring with NYOC I would be staying to work in Newfoundland over the summer, dividing my time between playing chamber music, and attending weekly folk sessions.
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?
Some day, I would like to have lazer-eye surgery.
What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Hard work always pays off! I know, so cliche, but truer words have never been spoken!