Zoe LeBlanc aspires to play French horn in a professional orchestra. In her words: “I just want to see where music will take me.”
A graduate of Riverview High School in Riverview, NB, she chose Mount Allison as the first step on her journey because of the Music program’s reputation.
“It's large enough to provide opportunities, while small enough to provide a strong sense of community,” says LeBlanc.
Her impression was confirmed after meeting members of the community at her audition preparation.
“The encounters I had with Mount A faculty and students gave me a good idea of what to expect here: a friendly and supportive atmosphere,” she says.
It seems that the Music department must have liked LeBlanc as well: they awarded her its top entrance award, the Mary Emerancy-Pickard Music Scholarship.
These days, LeBlanc can be found in the music rooms of Mount Allison, playing French horn in Symphonic Band and bass in the Jazz Ensemble.
“I enjoy being surrounded by music and other dedicated musicians all the time,” says LeBlanc.
“University is very different from high school for me because I'm finally learning about what I love in my classes — it's no longer only available as an extracurricular. I love being immersed in such a friendly and musical atmosphere,” she adds.
She is even involved in music beyond the university, playing French horn in the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and bass in a Moncton alternative rock band. She was accepted into the National Youth Band of Canada and will travel to British Columbia in April to perform.
Outside of music, she’s also joined Mount A's Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer, and aspires to volunteer for an environmental group. This past Christmas, she busked at the Sackville Farmers Market to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.