Written by Allen Chang, violinist and medical student, as part of the Breaking the Silence series.
Up this week on Breaking the Silence is horn player Julie Rochus, who is currently performing in the Orquesta Filarmónica del Desierto in Saltillo, Mexico on Second Horn. Julie reached out to me with her story after reading Stéphane Krim's post. Julie, like both Stéphane and I, is also an National Youth Orchestra of Canada alum! Today, she opens up about her experience with injuries and stress, and how this almost caused her to leave behind a career in music. Thank you, Julie, for sharing with us!
Written anonymously by a musician wishing to share their story and experience with anxiety and depression as part of the Breaking the Silence series. CW: mental illness, descriptions of self-harm, drug use. I really want to be able to lead a normal, healthy life. I don’t like living with an inner dialogue of hate and dissatisfaction. But… Continue reading Living in the In Between
Written by Blake Martin, double bassist, as part of C Natural's Breaking the Silence series. I have retinoschisis. It is a form of macular degeneration which usually goes unnoticed until one reaches their 70s or 80s. I developed symptoms when I was three months old. Symptoms included loss of depth perception, near and far sightedness, astigmatism and… Continue reading My Life Through the Looking Glass
This week on Breaking the Silence I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Jonah Spungin, a baritone doing his master's in vocal performance. Jonah and I met at McGill, and I quickly realized that he's a fabulous singer and all around person. In this interview, he opens up about his experience with mental illness and stigmas in the vocal and music world. Thank you Jonah for sharing your story with love and openness!
Up this week is my first researcher in the field of musicians' health and well-being, Katie Richardson! I was put in touch with Katie last fall because of our shared career interests; she's also a violinist who became injured during her undergraduate degree, introducing her to the idea of research in musicians' health. Now she's at McGill University doing a PhD in music education and researching musculoskeletal health in violinists. During this interview, Katie has some great insight into the role of music educators in promoting the development of healthier practices in their students. Read on to catch a glimpse of what Katie is doing for musicians' well-being!
This week, I introduce you to the beautiful and talented cellist, Jaewon Ahn. Jaewon and I have been at McGill together these past few years and she was also part of the Schulich Musicians' Health Committee. She reached out to me about sharing her story a few weeks ago, and I'm so thankful for her openness in talking about her struggles with a persistent injury, and also her courage in challenging the institution of classical music for its systemic discrimination against musicians with injuries. Read on to see how she's combatted her injury!