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Kristen Cooke

Richmond , Ontario , 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 ?
Entering grade 7 I wanted to play an instrument that would be challenging and unique. My mom also a music teacher played me some recordings of the oboe and I loved its sound!

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I love playing orchestral and chamber music and I also have always had a passion for teaching. In September I'll be starting a DMA in performance which will help me to make a career combining all three of these areas.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Writing yoga performance psychology and exploring the outdoors.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
I've been listening to Jacqueline du Pré a lot recently

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Mozart's Gran Partita will always be one of my favourites

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Martinu oboe 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 ?
Last year's outdoor concert at Montreal's Théâtre de Verdure. After a stilted (but fun) rehearsal spent avoiding heavy rain the clouds broke just in time for our performance.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Music has always been the way I process my thoughts and emotions. I was drawn to the possibility of dedicating my life to the constant challenge and reward that is classical music: the solitary dedication of the practice room and the undeniable human connection that comes from sharing that hard work with others.

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 ?
The gap that exists between the number of extremely talented musicians and the number of jobs available.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
The amount of orchestral experience that you get from this is priceless as well as the sense of community that is fostered throughout the orchestra.

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?
This summer participating in the NYOC will help me to gain confidence increase my knowledge of important orchestral repertoire and connect me with other musicians of my generation.

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?

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?
Spending time at my cottage doing another summer program playing gigs trying to earn money

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?
Being accepted into NYOC 2013

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?
Boston University- travel bursary for wind quintet competitions; UBC- music entrance 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.) ?
Not currently, but I used to be a very active Highland dancer.

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
It changes... Sigur Rós, Sara Bareilles, and Stars are all favourites.

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Us Against the World by Coldplay

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 can't whistle!

What advice would you give young artists just starting out? / Quel conseil donneriez-vous aux jeunes artistes qui viennent de commencer?
Stay positive, stay focused, and try not to compare yourself to others. Everyone's story is different.