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Katrina Kwantes, AB

Sherwood Park , Alberta , 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 began playing clarinet in grade 7 band class. When I was given the choice to try a new instrument halfway through the year, I chose to switch to oboe because I liked its clear sound. From there the journey began...

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
My ultimate goal is to play in an orchestra. I am also interested in a career in playing for Broadway musicals.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Other than being an animal lover, swimming has always been a favorite activity for me, as well as spending time in the sun. I also quite enjoy being the local henna artist.

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 love baroque music, particularly that of Telemann and Handel.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
There are so many pieces I could choose from, but Dvorak's 9th Symphony has always captivated me.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
The daunting Strauss Oboe Concerto

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
I have always loved classical music's ability to be an outlet for expression. There is something quite indescribable about the feeling I get when I collaborate with others in musical performance, a feeling that I have never felt elsewhere. The more I play music, the more I learn about myself.

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 one of the biggest challenges is the decrease in appreciation of live music, paired with the increase of desire for inexpensive, synthesized music. Because of this, I see dwindling opportunities for young musicians, like myself, due to smaller numbers of professional orchestras.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
NYO Canada offers high-level performance experience in both chamber and orchestral settings.

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?
As a Canadian who has studied in the States, I would like to contribute and learn from the Canadian music community. I feel that having the opportunity to play with some of the best young musicians in Canada will give me valuable experience, help me hone in on skills in which I need the most improvement, and offer a space to network with fellow colleagues.

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?
If I wasn't touring with NYO Canada, I would be playing in a summer music program in Tennessee and working at my father's veterinary centre.

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 undergraduate senior recital at Temple University (April 2015).

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?
Irving Berlin Scholarship

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?
Boyer College Alumni Award