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Catherine Varvaro

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Why did you choose your instrument / Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
I chose to play percussion because of the endless possibilities that this family of instruments presents.

What are your professional goals? / Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would love to play in a professional orchestra percussion ensemble or chamber group as well as teach the instrument.

How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada? / Comment pensez-vous que votre participation à NYO Canada puisse vous aider?
The NYOC's intensive format is ideal for learning important repertoire and gaining experience in a professional setting.

What are your interests outside classical music / Avez-vous d’autres intérêts à part la musique classique ?
Reading cooking running

Who is your favourite classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (classique) préféré ?
There's no way I could choose just one

Who is your favourite non-classical musician? / Quel est votre artiste (non classique) préféré ?
There's no way I could choose just one!

What has recently played on your Mp3? / Qu’écoutez-vous ces jours-ci sur votre Mp3?
Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

If you weren't touring with NYO Canada what would you be doing with your summer? / Si vous ne faisiez pas partie de NYO Canada que feriez-vous cet été?
Working and practicing

What is there about you that you think people might be surprised to know? / Y a-t-il quelque chose à votre propos qui est un peu surprenant ou hors de l’ordinaire?
I'm not fond of pigeons in close proximity.

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 NYO Canada?
My fondest memory is of all the hilarious scenarios the percussion section came up with about how we should play the hammer in Mahler 6. (Swinging from a chandelier jumping off a ladder bouncing off a trampoline...) Also I cannot forget our performance of a Michael Jackson medley for percussion instruments and John Rudolph's fantastic moonwalk (sadly not captured on video).