And she let me interview her!
Joanna G'froerer is actually originally from Vancouver. She studied at McGill over in Ottawa, and by the time she was in her second year, she won the PRINCIPAL FLUTE position of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
If your face is like, :O!!!, you're right.
To read more about her, click here!
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Joanna's 3rd Year Recital: BONUS CLIP - Interview with Joanna G'froerer
**This video was filmed and edited about a month after my recital.
I don't know if you could tell, but I was incredibly nervous and excited to be talking to Joanna G'froerer. I had her CD for a couple of years already, and I adored her sound. She had come to Vancouver to perform two years ago, but I was stupid and forgot to bring the CD for her to sign. This time, I remembered!
I remember very clearly that she had very graciously agreed to meet all the UBC flutists in the lobby of the Chan Centre following her dress rehearsal, where she answered all our questions and let us awkwardly gawk at her in complete and utter awe.
You probably heard a lot of "background music" in this video. That's because this interview was done in the peak hours of activity in the music building, which is around 11am-3pm. We had just finished the masterclass in one of the little classrooms (hence the music-staff-striped-whiteboard behind us). I once showed one of my high school friends around the building, and she was so entranced by the sounds of all the different instruments and voices floating into the hallways that she stopped at nearly every practice room door to listen. I was used to hearing all those sounds, so I hadn't thought much of it before. My friend sure made me rethink the beauty of music, even if it's just someone practicing obnoxiously loudly. It really is quite lovely to hear the sound of music constantly.
And now for the surprise...three months later, when I performed another solo recital as part of the Vancouver Women's Musical Society Scholarship Winner's concert cycle, you'll never guess who I met during the reception...
An elderly lady waltzed up to me, held up her name tag, and kept repeating, "I'm Joanna's grandmother!" I was so disoriented from the excitement of the recital that I kept thinking to myself, "She's not my grandmother...Why is she saying she's 'Joanna's grandmother'?" And then I realized that her last name read, "G'froerer".
She told me that she loved my performance and that she'd send my program to Joanna G'froerer.
I couldn't think straight for the rest of the day.