Since the Founders Night Concert, I graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Music degree. I have moved to Ottawa where I am currently working on my Master’s in Performance, studying under Professor David Jalbert. In July, I represented New Brunswick at the CFMTA National Piano Competition in Vancouver. Attending the piano competition and the pedagogy conference was both a rewarding and an enriching experience.. In Ottawa, I am busy with classes, practicing and various performances. I am enjoying being the pianist for the Calixa-Lavallée choir at the University of Ottawa. I am also the rehearsal pianist for the Ewashko singers and am rehearsing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach Canata 131 with them. Apart from my first master’s recital, I am giving a recital with a soprano and am looking forward to an upcoming four hand piano recital in the fall. After finishing my masters, I plan to go to Europe to study collaborative piano but for now, I look forward to another year of making music in Ottawa.
Being part of the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate degree. Not only did it give me the encouragement that I am starting to find my place as a musician, but it was so much more. Playing in Founders Night Concert is the opportunity to share the stage with a group of musicians that share a common love for music. It is an honour being part of a long tradition of exceptional music performance. One only needs to take one look at the trophy to know that New Brunswick has raised many musicians who have made their mark on classical music in Canada. Receiving the Star of the Festival award inspires me to keep striving for excellence and gives me confidence as I work towards a career in music.