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Joshua Wood

London , Ontario , 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 ?
My father played French Horn in high school. Also, my teacher played a recording of "Jupiter" from Holst's "The Planets" when I was in grade nine, and I loved the sound.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I aim to become Professor of Horn at a distinguished university or conservatory, and play in a professional symphony orchestra.

What made you decide to pursue classical music? / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Both of my parents studied music, and music has always been a part of our family life.

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 ?
Convincing an increasingly jaded public of the relevancy of Western classical music by presenting it in new, creative, and meaningful ways

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
NYOC allows me to perform and interact with some of the most talented young musicians and eminent faculty in the country. It also simulates the experience of a professional orchestra tour.

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.) ?

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Sports (esp. hockey and golf), television, movies

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
Richard King, Principal Horn, Cleveland Orchestra

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Elton John, Stevie Wonder

What is your favourite piece of music? / Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Bruckner Symphony no. 9

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Ludwig Maurer, Three Pieces (for Brass Quintet)

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 maintenance at a golf course

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 once ate a two-pound hamburger with eight strips of bacon, jalapenos, cheese, and fries in under ten minutes.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Be practical, and don't be discouraged by the current classical music climate. If you enjoy music, keep working hard and knocking on doors as long as they keep opening.

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?
This year's CIYO trip to Bangalore.