Anthea Kong is a former student at the Claude Watson School of the Arts. Her composition, Stars, will begin the program on February 16, 2014.
Being a part of the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts in the Music Program, there have been many valuable and special opportunities, including working with guest artists. In my last year, one of these was the chance to work with the Amici Chamber Ensemble by composing a trio for them.
This opportunity not only allowed me to enhance my composing skills, but also to learn about being a musician and how to collaborate with professional musicians. Working with the Ensemble definitely made the project more enjoyable and gave me extra motivation to do the best that I can. They were very encouraging and accepted a wide variety of ideas, even if some of them were peculiar. On top of trying to understand everyone’s pieces, they made suggestions, which helped me revise my piece.
When I was asked to refine my piece further so that it was presentable as a performance piece, I was very honoured. At the same time, I was lost, but Mr. Alan Torok, my composition instructor from the music program, helped me with pointers and suggestions to strengthen and polish it as much as possible.
Though there were sleepless nights, there was also this need and desire to produce a decent piece, knowing the high standards and professionalism that came with working with the Ensemble. It gave me the chance to have a little taste of what it is like to have a career path in this field, and was definitely a precious and exceptional learning experience.
This project allowed me to grow as a musician as well as a person, and it will stay with me. I am really grateful for this irreplaceable and unforgettable experience!
I would like to end by thanking the Amici Chamber ensemble for this opportunity and Mr. Alan Torok for his guidance and encouragement.