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Joanne Hillis

Regina , Saskatchewan , 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 ?
Two of my older sisters played violin and the other played cello. Before I knew it, I was playing violin to complete the quartet.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Right now I just want to keep improving and learning more and more repertoire.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I love how classical music can be interpreted and expressed in so many different ways.

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 ?
I struggle to find the time and concentration to work on technique and this holds me back.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The great faculty and other talented musicians will inspire me to be a better musician. I will be surrounded by people who love classical music, and that's the best part.

Do you write or arrange your own music? / Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No not really

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

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I am in track and cross country at school and run in other long distance races. I used to dance and now I'm in yoga. I love skiing, camping, biking, and boating with my family.

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

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

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler 5 :)

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Ingrid Michaelson- I'm Through

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?
Maybe going to another music camp, and probably playing field hockey. I would definitely spend time at my grandparent's cottage and go camping.

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?
This year I took a Christian Ethics class for 2 weeks in El Salvador. I stayed with a rural Salvadoran family for 3 days and it was the most rewarding experience of my life.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Make sure you play pieces you love, and always have fun. If you're not having fun you're doing something wrong.

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?
It would be impossible to just pick one. Ice cream sandwiches, the all night pool in Fredericton, parkour, playing Mahler 5 in Notre Dame, CRUD, Planet Earth, Gadfly, patio parties, and playing soccer at midnight.