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Rebecca Ruthven, BC

Kelowna , British Columbia , CANADA

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

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I wanted to do everything that my older sister did, which included playing the violin.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I always want to pursue music and to share the joy of music with others, whether through teaching or performing. I am currently studying music and biochemistry, and am exploring opportunities in healthcare or research.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I am fascinated by living things like jellyfish, bacteria, and prions (misfolded proteins... they're not technically alive), and love to imagine my life as one of them. I love spending time outside hiking, running, cycling, cross-country skiing, skating, or just reading in the sun, and I also enjoy staying indoors to meditate, do yoga, and to try and learn how to code.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I like to come up with simple melodies to set poetry to.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
I have too many favourites!

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
The Brahms Violin Concerto

09. 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 l’ONJC ?
Meeting so many creative and inspiring people, and forming friendships that continue today.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Playing classical and other styles of music is both fun and satisfying. I wanted to explore and benefit from the many different ways that music positively influences our lives.

11. What do you think 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 think the biggest challenge in a musical career, as in any career, will be learning how to best prepare for and deal with failure, and to keeping myself open to the many different paths that music can lead to.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To have fun playing music with great people in Portugal!

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
I feel that I will be inspired and challenged by my peers and by the amazing faculty. My musicianship will grow as I am surrounded by experienced and knowledgeable musicians.

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?
Didn't apply to any other programs this year.

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
I would have gone home to find a summer job, and to bike around the Gulf islands!

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
Playing one of Vivaldi's violin concerti for four violins with David Greenberg. It was also the most inspiring and exciting moment of my musical career.

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
Phylis and Bernard Shapiro Scholarship in Instrumental Performance