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Carolyn Farnand, ON

Toronto , 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 started on violin, however a close teacher recommended the switch. I gave viola a try and fell in love instantly.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I aspire to be an orchestral and chamber musician.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I love spending time with friends and family, drinking coffee, baking and swimming. In Toronto, I work as a lifeguard and I love my job!

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 am heavily inspired by all of the teachers I am so lucky to study with.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Dvorak's American Quartet, Tchaikovsky Symphony no 6, Shostakovich Viola Sonata

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra by Mozart

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 ?
In 2015, I was placed in a chamber group to work on the Dvorak Piano Quintet. This chamber experience was one of the most spectacular musical moments I've yet to have. The time spent working with those four fantastic musicians has inspired me endlessly.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire".

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 ?
There will always be people who will not take a degree in music seriously. My biggest challenge will be dealing with people undervaluing the work that I put in for my art.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
To pursue a summer rich with phenomenal music, musicians and fun.

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?
I am looking forward to another inspiring summer of getting to work with fantastic musicians, coaches and participate in an fantastic 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?
Scotiafest, Orford Music Festival Masterclass and Orchestra

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 with a different festival, lifeguarding and hanging out with my cat (and family).

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?
Early this year, I had the opportunity to premiere "Three Miniatures for Two Violas" by Liam Ritz with my viola colleague, Clara NguyenTran. Getting to work with Clara was exciting, fun and memorable. Another proud and happy moment, would be getting to work with my duet partner, Lili Ahopelto this past year. We had the chance to work on some beautiful repertoire and I am proud of our hard work and progress.

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?
S.M Blair Family Scholarship from NYO Canada