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Sam Kaplan, BC

Lake Country , British Columbia , 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 ?
17, but I played tuba tuba since I was 14.

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
It was kind of a last minute decision. I was in grade 12 and knew that I wanted to go music school, but didn't quite know what instrument to choose. An opportunity to play bass trombone presented itself and I jumped on it!

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

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Watching movies, hiking, and hanging out with friends. I have also recently decided to learn how to crochet.

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

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Stefan Schulz and James Markey

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
It is impossible to choose just one! I did just listen to the first movement of Mahler 7 and man, that's some good meat and potatoes.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Right now, Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Band by Derek Bourgeois.

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 ?
Going on tour across Canada with some insanely awesome people and performing Mahler 1.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
The repertoire can be so rich, full of depth, and expressive. I love being able to express myself through classical music, whether that be listening to or performing it. I can't really imagine myself doing anything else.

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 ?
Definitely the psychological aspect of performing. Being my own worst enemy.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
NYO Canada is one of the highest caliber youth orchestras in the world. Being a part of it seems to be a fantastic opportunity to learn and improve my skills as a musician.

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 would get to continue learning from the NYO Canada faculty, improve chamber and orchestra playing, and to meet and collaborate with great musicians from around Canada! Also, there's some pretty great food at the training session.

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?
Working in an orchard somewhere back home.

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?
Playing in my most recent recital. It was one of the first experiences I have had where I felt that I performed to an audience at the best of my abilities, and didn't get into my own head. It was a lot of fun!

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?
UBC music scholarship