Congratulations to Kirsty Money and Rachel Desoer, the Women for Music Award winners!

Congratulations to our Women for Music Award for Professional Development winners Kirsty Money and Rachel Desoer!

The Women for Music Award for Professional Development is presented annually to a Symphony Nova Scotia tenured core musician to support artistic or personal growth, as well as provide lasting value to the broader orchestra.

We are thrilled to announce the 2021/22 Women for Music Award winner is our Principal Cello Rachel Desoer! Rachel was chosen by the Award committee at the end of June, and she will create a special project this fall as part of her professional development. Congratulations Rachel!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to last season’s inaugural winner, violinist Kirsty Money! In June, Kirsty joined musicians from around the world for an in-depth course on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish instrument. The course, which usually takes place in Sweden, was held virtually from June 27-30, and brought together students and master players from around the globe.

With lessons on technique, ornamentation, improvisation, and instrument care, Kirsty said this was a great opportunity to learn: “The course offered a lot of information, resources, and materials for us players living outside of Sweden. I really hope I can actually go in person next year!” Have a listen to Kirsty performing a number of original works on her website!

“We were thrilled to establish, through the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation, the Women for Music Award for Professional Development,” says Women for Music president Beverly Efthymiadis.

“We recognize the commitment core musicians have to their careers and ongoing professional development. The initial amount invested was a legacy gift from a long-time member, Margaret Crickard; to this, we have added a further $15,000 from our own members’ fundraising activities. We are grateful to all our volunteers who make this possible. We are pleased to see musicians take advantage of this annual award, and we hope to add more money to the fund in the future.”

Professional development is a key to success in any field. For musicians, it allows for the opportunity to grow their skills, learn new techniques, and expand their understanding of what music can be. As our musicians flourish, so too will your orchestra and our ongoing mission to better serve our community.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Women for Music for everything they do to keep our musicians playing and growing!

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