Why Isabelle joined the team

Isabelle Fournier, Principal Second Violin, backstage at the Cohn with her Symphony Striders t-shirt

This will be Isabelle’s first time participating in the Bluenose Marathon (May 19-20, 2018). She recently shared her thoughts about what really motivated her to join the team.

“It was a moment of madness, I think… I actually don’t know. It was back in February. I remember Jordan’s email to the musicians about the Blue Nose Marathon. I read it right before going to bed and I woke up the next morning still thinking about it. For me personally, this has been a year of endings and new beginnings. The adventure of trying something new got me interested. So I signed up for the 5K walk.

“Other years, I had been aware of my colleagues taking part in the event but I hadn’t considered it because I thought a marathon was out of the question for me.

Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Over the summer months, I decided to do something about it while I was away working in PEI at the Charlottetown Festival. I worked away at it by following a low carb diet and I also tried to be as active as I could. That diagnosis was completely reversed within six months. I found that I had a lot more energy and that success gave me confidence.

“This year, the fitness aspect got me interested in the Marathon but I also realize that the fundraising helps support and promote the Symphony’s Education and Outreach. These programs are so important.

“I can relate this to my own personal experience as a child growing up in Moncton. When I was seven years old, I took violin lessons and my first homework assignment was to go see a live Symphony performance. The Atlantic Symphony was playing at the local high school and my parents took me. That experience changed my life!

“It was so different from listening to a recording. It was the excitement of a live performance; the movement and the vibrations. I remember Anne Rapson was the Concertmaster. Seeing a woman in that role made an impression on me. I also remember John Rapson and Shimon Walt playing and I later learned that Lena Turofsky, Yvonne DeRoller, and Jim Eager were all onstage that night as well.

“Everyone should have access to the experience of a live performance. Music speaks to everyone on a basic level. There’s that human exchange. Now when Symphony Nova Scotia plays in a school or in a family series concert, I love seeing how the kids in the audience respond. Their reactions are so immediate. When you see the way they move you can tell what instruments they are drawn to.

“I was only seven years old when I first heard the Symphony live – but I knew that night that I wanted to be a musician. It was as simple as that. If the Atlantic Symphony hadn’t come to Moncton to perform, would I have pursued music as a career? Who knows?”


Support the Symphony Striders in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and raise much needed funds for our Education and Outreach programs. Help us bring the gift of live symphonic music to those who might not otherwise be able to experience it.

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