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Michelle Feng

Los Angeles , California , UNITED STATES

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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 played piano since I was five. When given the chance to join the school band, I decided to play the oboe because of its unique sound.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play in an orchestra, while teaching on the side.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Making reeds! Just kidding. I always try to swim several times a week. I also like knitting to calm the mind.

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 ?
At the moment, Frans Bruggen, the recorder player.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Impossible to say. Something by Bach or Mahler probably.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
The Strauss, Vaughan Williams, and Vivaldi concertos are all great.

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 ?
It was awesome touring the country with such great friends! I loved exploring the different cities.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
When I was twelve, I attended my first music camp. I was so inspired by the other musicians, the conductor, and my teacher, that I decided to be an oboist.

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 ?
Stress and mental control. Sometimes I find it very stressful to be an oboist - if you're playing principal, you have to lead the wind section (with the flutist, of course) which is an important and difficult role. I also feel that musicians need to be able to control their mental chatter, especially during auditions and concerts, but also in general to not over-criticize their own playing and stay sane.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
I did it the past two years and it was fun and rewarding!

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?
Touring is a great experience. It's also important to meet and work with new people, whether they are conductors, teachers, or fellow students.

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?
Probably the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado.

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 principal in The Planets at Disney Hall this year with Sir Neville Marriner conducting.