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What Instrument do you play?
How many years have you played with the orchestra?
This is my first year!
What is your experience as a musician?
I started playing relatively late at 11 years old, and started studying privately at 13. I was fortunate to attend a high school with a robust music program, allowing me to play in eight different ensembles ranging from fiddle to chamber music. I served as the principal in my section and concertmaster. In and out of school, I have played with Barrage, Orchestra London, and several quartets. It has been a few years since I’ve played, so it is my delight to be back in a musical community, especially one like Counterpoint!
What do you do outside of the orchestra?
I am a graduate student at the University of Toronto doing research in queer(ed) language education.
How do you think Counterpoint Orchestra has shaped you as an individual?
It has reawakened a love of music. I feel inspired to practice, feeling that I have a community of people I need to support! CCO has also given me the courage to continue seeking Two-Spirit, queer, and trans community (especially as I look forward at my next academic and professional journey), a gift for which I am extremely grateful.
What is something you can find at counterpoint that you can’t find anywhere else?
A room full of people who immediately invite you in, make you feel like you’ve been around much longer than you have,
and want nothing more than to see you shine!
What would you want audiences to know about Counterpoint Community Orchestra?
As a community orchestra, it is truly an equalizer—all of us do different things during the day, come from different places from around the world, and have different musical experiences. In spite these differences, however, we find joy in a shared interest in community music.