Downwind takes on 2017

Another year has come and gone — reeds have lived and died, notes were learnt and forgotten, all while Montreal construction remained steadfastly unchanged.

2017 will be an exciting year for the Downwind Quintet, culminating in a composer collaboration and world premiere.  It will be a bittersweet year, too, as we embark on our final semester together.

Now that the Winter term is in full swing, we’d like to share some of our resolutions for the new year!  Think we can stick to them?

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Jaena: New Year’s resolution: to be earlier for every commitment!

Carly: I want to dedicate myself more to healthy practicing and body use in 2017, so I can play oboe comfortably for years to come!  Non-musically, I resolve to allocate less of my downtime to Netflix, and more to my creative writing hobby.  Also, I recently adopted a pet fish, and intend to keep him fed and alive, this year and beyond.  (His name is Argo, and he is a most splendiferous fish.)

Nick: I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I suppose this is as good a time as any to improve oneself!  After last year’s gym resolutions never really got off the ground, I thought I’d try and keep it simple this time round.  This year I’d like to get out of Montréal more often to explore some of the cool places that Québec and Canada have to offer.  I’d like to read for pleasure at least a book a month, as a way of disconnecting from music every now and then.  And finally, I’m resolving to spend more quality time with my tuner — a must for any musician really, but something I know I’m guilty of avoiding!

Ryan: This year I resolve to eat less, exercise more, and hand my assignments in on time!

Kristy: 1) All scales, in every mode of limited transposition, every day; 2) Not wait until I have an overwhelming amount of laundry to do laundry (i.e., be a functioning adult); 3) Be able to walk up to the fifth floor of the Strathcona Building without breathing heavily.

Happy New Year from the Downwind Quintet!

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