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Jessica Timmermans, ON

St. Thomas , 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 ?
6 years old.

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
Even though I started my musical studies by learning how to play the piano I chose to focus on violin because I've always felt that I could express myself so much more through it than any other instrument.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
It's so hard to choose what to do in music especially with so many different options! But I think playing in an ensemble or orchestra and teaching are a few things I would love to do.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Gymnastics is a huge part of my life. I grew up in the gym training anywhere from 20-25 hours a week while competing provincially throughout Eastern Canada as well as the United States and Mexico. I also love to read and travel.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
Other than just improvising and fooling around not really!

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Sarah Chang, James Ehnes, and Hilary Hahn.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Such a difficult question to answer! I have always and will always love Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, but I also absolutely love Brahms Symphony No. 3 (especially the 3rd movement).

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
If I must choose, I'd have to say Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor.

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 summer was absolutely amazing and I loved being able to travel and perform with all of the wonderful, talented musicians. I remember so clearly spending time in Vancouver at the end of our tour and performing Mahler 1 for the last time. It was such a bitter-sweet moment knowing that we'd reached the end!

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I realized that music had been in my life forever and I didn't want to give it up to pursue another area of study. It's part of who I am.

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 ?
Staying happy with what I'm doing. Always continuing to find the joy in music even with all the practicing and hard work that comes along with it.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I applied and attended it last summer and had an incredible experience, so I wanted to do it for a second year!

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?
From past experience, I know that it was an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow musicians from all over the country. It also helped me grow musically and allowed me to perform fantastic repertoire across Canada.

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?
No I did not apply to any others.

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?
Either attending a different summer music program or coaching gymnastics summer camps and lessons at London Gymnastics Academy.

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?
I'd probably say being part of NYOC 2014 last summer!

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?
The Helen Elsaesser Performance Scholarship for Viola and Violin and the President's Gold Scholarship from Wilfrid Laurier University.