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Celina Hawkins, ON

Ottawa , 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 ?
I chose the oboe because I wanted to be unique. As a result, it was fairly lonely in the early days, but now I have lots of oboe friends.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I have many professional goals, but most importantly I want to continue playing the oboe. I want to continue to improve, to play more expressively and more beautifully everyday. I hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with other types of artists and to create new experiences for audiences.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I was a competitive Irish dancer for 14 years, which helped shaped who I am. Now, I love to create in the kitchen, which helps me to unwind and eat healthy.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
No, I do not.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
The King's Singers

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Right now, it's Dvorak cello concerto. Breaks my heart, every time.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
L'Horloge de Flore by Francaix

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 ?
I have so many wonderful memories; one is being completely overcome with emotion at the end of our last performance of Mahler 9.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Making music makes me happy. Creating and expressing with other people is an incredible thing. Despite the ups and downs, I'm learning to embrace the challenges and find joy in the little victories.

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 that the biggest challenge for me is not getting in my own way. It is easy to tear ourselves down, compare ourselves to others and lose focus, instead of being our best self and realizing our own potential.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To have another opportunity to learn and grow from making music with others.

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?
By being absorbed into a community of talented individuals, everyday I will be pushed to be a better musician. And because of the supportive atmosphere, I know it is a place where incredible growth is possible.

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?
Most likely working at a cupcake bakery in Ottawa.

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?
My proudest moment was one particular performance where I felt in total control of my playing. My mind was calm and everything fell into place.

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?
WLU Faculty of Music Scholarship