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Nicholas Kerr-Barr

Montreal , Quebec , 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 ?
It was love at first sound. The lustrious tone and the slick allure of the instrument rendered me to a state of mind that could not be described in words.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
To obtain a position in a symphony orchestra.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
For one I deeply enjoy watching tv shows. One of my favorite being doctor house md. Though also enjoy watching less serious shows such as Key and Peele.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
I do not and don't aspire too either. It requires a lot of work and patience.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
This is a question that requires much thought. I must say that I have a few. For one, Sabine Meyer, a clarinetist of course, she has that german energy that I aspire too. Another would be Martin Frost. He's a beast. I have never anyone master the clarinet so well, also his tone is so rich it makes you want listen to it all day long.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
La Traviata by Verdi

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Copland, it's so fun to play!

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 ?

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
My parents were definitely a large contributor in the matter. Both of whom are musicians themselves, they initiated me at a young age with I believed affected my passion for the art.

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 ?

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Because it permits us to learn classical music while being guided by professional from around canada

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?
Chamber and orchestral training.

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?
Nope, dang it!

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?
Working with Citadelle in Quebec city. We do parades every morning in a beautifully situated place. It's a fun job, but not as fun as NYOC!

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?
Making it to the finals of the Sherbrooke symphony orchestra audition

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?
A few notably from the canadian music competition, Festival Concours de Music à Sherbrooke et dans l'estrie. Victoriaville Coucours solistes et petit ensemble

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?
A few in high school and with the competion I named above