Source -- CBC Music · Posted: Aug 05, 2020
Gabrielle Carruthers, tubist -- Age: 21 From: Moncton, N.B.
In March, when New Brunswick first implemented social-distancing measures, Gabrielle Carruthers had been preparing for three recitals, a concert weekend with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and a five-day tour with her choir. "When all those events were cancelled, everything was very uncertain and difficult to deal with," she says, "but lately, I have taken time to work on my basic technique — I'm still trying to get an even double- and triple-tongue throughout my register — as well as a lot of self-care, which has been very beneficial." That self-care likely involves eating lots of blueberries, full of antioxidants, a staple of New Brunswick summers and Carruthers' go-to snack.
Carruthers' acceptances into the Domaine Forget International Summer Academy and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada have been deferred to 2021. In the meantime, she'll get familiar with her shiny new EBC632 Eastman tuba ("I love how responsive it is, especially in the low range!"), and prepare for the final year of her bachelor of music degree at Université de Moncton, where she studies with Gregory Irvine. And who knows? Maybe she'll find time to get back into horseback riding, a longtime passion that has recently taken a back seat to tuba. Giddy up, Gabrielle!