2017 Fellow Fridays, Part Two!

We are under a month away from the start of our 2017 Summer Academy and in the next weeks, we will be introducing the talented young musicians attending the Chamber Music Institute and Art of Song program. In this week’s edition of Fellow Fridays, we are proud to feature soprano Sydney Baedke, violinist Steve Sang Hyun Koh, cellist Nicholas Denton-Protsack, and baritone Joel Allison. 

Sydney Baedke, soprano

Steve Sang Hyun Koh, violin

Steve Sang Hyun Koh, violin

Nicholas Denton-Protsack, cello

Joel Allison, baritone

Joel Allison, baritone


 

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                                                                                      Sydney Baedke, soprano

1. Why did you want to spend part of your summer at the TSM Academy?

I have an obsessive love of Toronto (much like how people feel about Paris or New York in bad movies), so that combined with such a phenomenal faculty makes the TSM Academy a no-brainer.


2. If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what might you be doing?

I would be very sad and bored, but probably cooking for myself far more often…

3. Aside from your musical accomplishments, what is something you’ve done that makes you proud?

I think I am a very good parent to my first born child: Hugo Wolf the tabby cat.


4. What is your favourite go-to food/meal?

The abundance of all-you-can-eat sushi in Toronto is dangerously wonderful.

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Steve Sang Hyun Koh
Steve Sang Hyun Koh, violin

1. Do you have any pre- and post-concert rituals?

Pre-concert ritual: Eating a banana.
Post-concert ritual: Sleeping.


2. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

I would go back to year 2002 and watch the World Cup in South Korea!!!


3. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

How can you tell if a violin is out of tune?
The Bow is Moving!


4. Aside from your musical accomplishments, what is something you’ve done that makes you proud?

I have had the privilege to teach several students and have helped them perform their first 60 minute recitals. They were pleased with their efforts which made me very proud.

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                                                                            Nicholas Denton-Protsack, cello

1. Who is/has been a musical inspiration in your life?

Since I am both a cellist and a composer, I have a pretty wide range of musical inspirations. On top of that, my sources of inspiration tend to shift every few years. As a cellist, however, I have always found Jacqueline du Pre quite inspirational. As a composer, Bartok has been a very big influence over the past couple of years, as well as Bach.


2. What is your favourite music joke/pun?

A C, an E-flat, and a G walk into a bar. The bartender yells “no minors allowed!” The E-flat leaves and the C and G share a fifth between them.


3. What is your favourite go-to food/meal?

Lately, I’ve been a bit of a sushi addict!


4. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

Paris, 1912. In spite of WWI, the 25 years or so that followed were some of the most progressive and formative years in the history of classical music.

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                                                                                            Joel Allison, baritone

1. Why did you want to spend part of your summer at the TSM Academy?

I wanted to do an intensive program of Art Song. I also wanted to work with the incredible guests which teach and perform at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

2. Aside from your musical accomplishments, what is something you’ve done that makes you proud?

I love the CFL! When I was 5, I went to a fan event for the Calgary Stampeders and caught a pass from Dave Dickinson (the QB of the time). I ran a route against a DB and caught the ball cleanly. One of my favorite non music memories.

3. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to, and why?

I would love to go back to the 1700s and see Handel’s operas and hear Bach’s organ playing. I would also be very interested in how things smelled and how different sound was perceived before the industrial revolution!

4. If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what might you be doing?

Probably landscaping and/or gardening. I love being outdoors and working with the earth.

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