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Katie Newman

Regina , 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 ?

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
My parents gave me the choice between cello and violin, but as soon as I got a cello in my hands I was in love.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
Ultimately I would love to be a professional orchestral and chamber musician, while teaching cello on the side.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I like reading, traveling, movies, golfing and being outside!

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Not really.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Way too many to choose from. At the top of my list are Truls Mork and James Ehnes.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mahler 5!

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Dvořák Cello 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 ?
So many great memories!! Playing Mahler 9 on tour was life changing, and recording in Montreal was really fun. NYO idol was hilarious, and seeing a Blue Jays game on tour was awesome!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Both my parents are classically trained musicians and my dad is a professional orchestral musician, so I've been exposed to it my whole life. I honestly can't imagine doing anything else as a career. Music is such a powerful communicator, I believe it is so relevant to many different aspects of our life.

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 definitely the limited number of jobs and infinite amount of talented, capable musicians definitely makes finding a stable, financially supportive job challenging.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
In my opinion, having participated in many other summer programs, NYOC is the best Canadian program in terms of chamber and orchestral experience.

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?
Having participated in the NYOC last summer, I know I will learn so much from the amazing faculty, conductor, and of course all of my peers. NYOC provides such a great environment to play amazing repertoire with such a high-caliber orchestra.

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?
I didn't apply to any other programs.

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?
Participating in another summer music program, practicing, and travelling home to Scotland with my family for a wedding!

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?
Probably playing Mahler 9 with NYOC in Edmonton last year.

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?
Saskatchewan Arts Board Premier's Centennial Scholarship

18. What awards, if any, have you won in the past year?/ Quels prix, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?

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

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
Right now Ingrid Michaelson and The Lumineers

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Whispers in the Dark- Mumford & Sons

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 was on Sesame Street as a child.

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Keep at it practicing does get more fun!