Orford Music Ambassadors are musicians who have already studied at the Academy and are ready to share their experiences and answer your questions.
So if you want to know more about the Academy – the admissions process, student life at Orford, how our master classes work or anything else – just contact an Ambassador!
Émilie Auclair, violin
20 years old
Languages: French and English
Émilie is a graduate student at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec. Since 2015, she has taken part in master classes with Mauricio Fuks, Michael Frischenschlager and Federico Agostini, in addition to being a 2017 Orford Music Award semi-finalist.
Émilie plays on a 1752 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, and an Albert Nurnberger bow generously loaned by Canimex Inc., located in Drummondville, Quebec.
“What I like most about the Academy is the master class format, which allows us to work with the greatest masters and make the most of their teaching. We have several private lessons and we can also attend the lessons of all the other students, which allows us to learn a lot!”
Jaena Kim, flute
20 years old
Language: English and Korean
Jaena is an undergraduate at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She is majoring in Orchestral Flute Performance and minoring in Music Entrepreneurship. During summer 2017, she took part in master classes given by Denis Bluteau, Paula Robison and Julien Beaudiment, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the Orford Music Award.
“The most rewarding experience at the Orford Music Academy was participating in the Orford Music Award! I got the most constructive feedback from the judges to really hone and refine my musicianship, learned about multiple ways to successfully approach the business aspect of music – and most importantly, made some incredible and talented friends that we keep in touch regularly!”
Harrison Dearman, double bass
20 years old
Harrison pursues an undergraduate music performance degree at the University of North Texas. He participated in Joel Quarrington’s master classes in the summer 2017.
“My favorite part about Orford is the beautiful, peaceful scenery and the friendships I made. Also, not to forget, the wonderful educational opportunities!”
Chris Soong, piano
23 years old
Language : English
Chris is a graduate student in piano performance at the University of Toronto. He has taken part in the Orford Music Academy since 2014, primarily attending master classes (Ronan O’Hora, Benjamin Pasternack, André Laplante) and the Piano Trio workshop under the direction of the Gryphon Trio.
“What I liked most about the Academy was the environment it is in. The atmosphere attracts talent from all across the globe, allowing students to meet, work with, and create connections with others that could last a lifetime. The people you can meet at Orford are amazing, and you know everyone has a story to tell as soon as you arrive.”