Coming to university meant that I was leaving the high school band program, and I didn’t know what I was going to do – playing violin in band had been my life and I didn't want this to be the end. So I fell in love right away with the SFU Concert Orchestra, and I’m still here six years later. As Co-President, I wanted to help us grow and I wanted other students to join and have the same experience I did.
It’s a lot of 'people-herding' - coordinating, guiding new members, reaching out to the community and growing our audience – and sometimes I stress about the band more than school. The week before our Spring concert, I was more worried about our songs than the fact that I had three midterms coming! This semester, we made a conscious effort to play more challenging music. I knew there would be frustration, but we pushed ourselves to a higher level of musicianship. Our sound has changed. I’m proud. It’s kind of bittersweet knowing I’m graduating and it’s my last semester with the band, but I’m ready to pass the responsibility onto the new team.