Basses: Part 2
Kai Leung - Ontario
Arthur Jack - Saskatchewan
Luke Munchinsky - Manitoba
Aidan Reimer - British Columbia
Tim To - Alberta
When did you first start singing/singing in choirs?
KL - I've been singing since I was born and started singing in choirs in high school after my voice changed. I was fortunate to go to an arts high school with many opportunities to sing in different kinds of choirs, including jazz choirs and a pop acapella group.
TT - I sang all throughout elementary school, but I really got back into singing in 2016.
What are your other passions/hobbies/interests? What inspires you?
AR - I love cooking and baking, and taking really really really long walks in the wilderness. Like, days at a time preferably. Anything active will have me riled up. I love to play the guitar and piano and any instrument I can get my hands on. I am inspired by live performances and creating music with others. There is a certain “je ne sais quoi” about live music that you can't get through any other medium.
TT - I love climbing (bouldering), reading, linguistics, and playing video games. I'm inspired by the grassroots nature of the choral community, and our resilience in these trying two years that we have faced!
How did you learn about NYCC and/or what made you decide to audition?
KL - I learned about NYCC through the Ontario Youth Choir program, which I participated in for 5 years. I decided to audition because the OYC program was so much fun, introduced me to so many wonderful people, and contributed significantly to my musical growth, and I think the NYCC program will be amazing in the same ways.
AR - I learned about NYCC through the BC Youth Choir. They held an audition in 2018 during the BCYC weekend and I thought "yeah, that would be pretty cool". Then, one thing led to another and here we are.
What are you most excited about for NYCC 2022?
KL - I'm most excited to meet all of the wonderful singers and artistic staff, and to get to work with them for an extended period of time!
TT - Singing the program – some of these pieces have been stuck in my head since 2020! However, meeting my peers and spending time at Podium are a very close joint second place. A friend and I looked through the list of alumni recently, and we were elated at all the familiar names that we encountered along the way – and so I like to think that NYCC is a glimpse at the future of Canada's choral community for the next decade or so.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about the 2022 NYCC. See you tonight!
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