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Joel Houghtby, ON

Ottawa , 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 think Percussion appeals to anyone on a very basic human level, and what attracted me to it was the meditative act of practicing; from the very first pieces and exercises I learned, I could lose track of hours at a time after school and at home and found a great deal of peace in the practice room.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I'm interested in pursuing chamber music and especially focusing on contemporary music, I'd like to be involved with the creation of new music and promote Canadian music and Canadian artists.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I enjoy white-water canoeing and hobby woodworking with my father.

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 ?

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Sept Haikai

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Liszt's piano concerto no 1 (triangle concerto)

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
The opportunities I've had have been mostly in classical music, but I think there is too much emphasis on a divide between classical music or pop or any genre. I think I would have found a path to music regardless of what variety.

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 the biggest challenge for any young musician is probably as simple as not falling into the negativity that surrounds much of the music business. The attitude that you have to be born talented and that only certain people deserve to win positions or get work is pervasive and oppressive but I believe anyone who is willing to put the time and passion into an art can attain a very high, if not professional skill level.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Mostly for the networking

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 think the most important thing I will get from the academy is the networking, I'm looking forward to meeting and playing with a group of like-minded musicians who I will hopefully maintain connections with for my whole career.

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 this summer I would be working at my job as a waiter and building up funds for master's program auditions next year.

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 think my proudest moment so far has to be playing Elliot Carter's trio for Marimba Flute and Clarinet "Esprit Rude, Esprit Doux II", it's a very difficult piece of repertoire that I tackled with my university's contemporary ensemble but more importantly it is the piece that so far in my career I think I identify with the most.

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?
I was awarded the Allan Michael Miskell percussion 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?
I was awarded the Vic Pomer Award at the NACO bursary competition