Which instruments do you play? And why?

I play the flute. It was the instrument that I chose when I started band in grade 6. My first choice was actually the oboe, but the girl right before me selected it before I could.

Jennifersmithsm-300When and why did you start playing?

I had the opportunity to play in my grade 6 band. I was already singing in the Halifax County Girls Choir, so I wanted to try something a little different.

Is your family musical? If not how did you get into music?

My grandmother played the piano and my cousin plays the flute as well. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to learn the piano, but we didn’t have access to one in which to practice with. When grade 6 band started, I was grateful that my parents were able to rent a flute for me to play.  I’ve also passed on my love of music to my daughter, she plays the clarinet and is trying out for Jazz band this year.

What inspires you? 

Great music and warm sunny weather.

Why did you join the HMC?

I needed to bring playing back into my life to get in touch with what makes me happy again. It was such a huge part of my life when I was younger, so many hours cherished practicing and performing. I was planning on taking a music degree at Dalhousie, but my life took a detour after high school and I ended up on a long hiatus ~ about 10 years.

If you could have a meal with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be, and why?

Freddie Mercury. I grew up on classic rock and have so many fond memories of playing my Dad’s Queen records.

Which HMC concert did you enjoy playing in the most?

Mahler’s The Titan, Mahler’s Resurrection, and the one I was the most proud to play in was Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.

What does the HMC mean to you?

The HMC has given me the ability to bring back music into my life. Come as you are, pay what you can are the two reasons why I’m here. When I started back, I was nervous, self-conscious, and very rusty. And now I’m preparing to take my Royal Conservatory Music grade 7 exam with the help of Amy.

Where would you be playing if you weren’t at the HMC?

I don’t think I’d be playing at all.

What do you do when you’re not playing at the HMC?

I work as a kitchen designer and have a family. My 13 year old daughter keeps me busy and on my toes.

Has your life changed since joining the HMC? How?

Absolutely. It has given me the confidence to tackle musical challenges and make new goals. It’s brought my family together for performances, and I’ve met a lot of really nice people that I’ve become friends with. I first joined in the Fall of 2014.

What are your future musical goals? 

I’m preparing for my Royal Conservatory Music Exam for grade 7. It’s the first time I have ever prepared to take one.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My cat loves listening to me practice. The higher and squeakier the better!