Anne Long

Development Manager



I’ve been involved with music for as long as I can remember. My mother plays the piano, so I started out learning from her, but I found my true passion in the violin. Music has always been an important part of my life, and I am thrilled to be part of the Symphony Nova Scotia team.

I graduated with honours from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. While completing my studies, I worked with several Saskatchewan-based non-profit organizations, and found that I was happiest supporting the arts from behind the scenes. After a brief hiatus to backpack across Europe, I returned to my studies and earned my Master’s in Arts and Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. I have worked with several arts organizations across Canada, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with Symphony Nova Scotia and combine my interest in arts administration with my love of music.

Q&A with Anne

Why did you begin working with Symphony Nova Scotia?
I started my career working in the visual arts, but I never forgot that my first love was music. When I learned about the opportunity with Symphony Nova Scotia, I jumped at the chance to return to my musical roots and work with one of the top orchestras in the country.

What do you love about symphonic music?
For me, listening to symphonic music has always been a kind of spiritual experience. It resonates with a whole range of emotions while giving me space to consider those emotions in my own life. It is an experience that defies description, but has made a huge difference in my life.

What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

What’s your favourite food(s)?
My favourite food is spaghetti with tomato sauce, but I am very picky about how it is made. I have to make it myself or it just isn’t quite right.

What’s your favourite piece?
My favourite piece is the third movement of Winter from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The energy is amazing and I find it so easy to get swept away in it.