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Steven Donegan

Thunder Bay , Ontario , CANADA

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Hometown / ville
Thunder Bay

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 was the first person in my grade 9 music class who could make a sound on it!

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to make a career out of being both a performing orchestral musician and teacher.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Being fortunate enough to sit in with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for a number of concerts during my undergrad and the challenge and immense satisfaction that came from learning and performing classical repertoire.

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 ?
Keeping a level head and not being to hard on myself.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
Where do I begin? Coming from a small town the chance to train and learn from and network with some of the best young musicians and teachers across the country while discovering what it feels like to be a part of a large orchestra is the opportunity of a lifetime.

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.) ?
I sing and play guitar for a worship band, and I teach music at Lake Superior High School in Terrace Bay, Ontario.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
I love playing guitar and making music with the worship band back home. I also really enjoy camping, fishing, and other various outdoor activities.

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Trumpet - Alison Balsom, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Phil Smith Composer: Dvorak

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Relient K, Barenaked Ladies, John Mayer, Needtobreathe

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Variations on a Memory - John Estacio

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Farewell to the Warriors - Régent Levasseur

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 the NYOC, I would be changing the guard on Parliament Hill with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard.

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 have a 1st degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Put yourself out there, you'll never know what might happen, and if at first you don't succeed, have faith and try again, and again....and AGAIN!