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Jasmine Long, ON

London , 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 ?
Originally I started with piano and violin at age 3, but at age 4 I discovered the cello and loved how it sounded. By the beginning of high school, I decided to stick with cello as my primary instrument.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
For now, my main goal is to play in a professional symphony orchestra. Other goals are to be involved with film/video game music, as well as to have my own studio on the side, whether it be teaching piano, cello or theory. Overall, I just want to be able to do what I love, and to share the joy of it.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
Some of my hobbies include: a variety of visual arts (tattoo commissions, henna, weekly illustrations), baking, hip-hop dancing, playing/recording covers of popular songs, and discovering (and eating) the best sweets in town.

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 ?
No doubt, Jacqueline Du Pré

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
There are so many, I can't say!

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

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 ?
The feeling of joy during and after our concerts when everyone nailed their parts. Absolutely thrilling. Also, learning those little folk songs when I cannot sing to save my life.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
It is very much integrated into my life and my soul - I cannot live a life that does not involve music.

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 focused, and learning how to improve once you have reached a certain plateau. Sometimes I find it is quite difficult to feel progress or focused when you are searching how to improve from 99% to 99.99% It will never be perfect, since there is always something to change or to refine.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
Fabulous repertoire, touring Europe and playing with highly skilled and serious musicians.

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 feel it will give me a taste of the orchestral life, prepare me as such, and push me to keep my chops up to date during the summer before I start my master degree this September. Additionally, I believe that travelling to Europe will open and deepen my perspective on the richness and cultural appreciation Europe has for music that I feel Canada or U.S.A., cannot show.

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?
Travelling with friends and family, participating in other summer programs, collaborating with other musicians on a variety of music genres, recording covers and arrangements of my own repertoire, freelancing and experimenting in the kitchen.

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 can't say it is the most outstanding moment, but it is quite personal. I was playing Elfentanz, Op.39 (Popper, David) at a night at my professors house for a master class, and I had accidentally dozed off right before playing. (We had a very, delicious dinner and was entering a state of what you call "food coma.") As you can imagine, I was quite relaxed when I began, but like any other typical mistake, whenever it is forte with many, many notes - I rushed; and it never lost its momentum. I somehow managed to stay put together while my pianist scrambled to stick with me (which she brilliantly did) all of which I still managed (with most of my dignity) to have some musical clarity. By the end of it, my pianist and I burst out laughing as so did all of my fellow colleagues. I felt so much joy and pure, pure enjoyment. It had been a long time since I felt such emotions so strongly. It was a very refreshing moment to be reminded why I love music and why it is so important to share and communicate with it.

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?
MITACS scholarship, Uni. of Calgary Graduate Scholarship, Mount Royal Conservatory 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?