Hope Salmonson of West Chezzetcook, on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore, has made it her mission to work towards social justice goals in and outside the classroom and music studio. The first-year Music student came to Mount Allison in part because of its strong reputation in these areas.
"When I was considering universities, I looked for some specific characteristics — musical and theatrical opportunities, reputation around LGBTQ rights and activism, and involvement opportunities in feminism — activism and areas of study," she says. "Mount Allison seemed to offer all of these."
Salmonson is the recipient of the Mary Emerancy Pickard Music Scholarship, one of Mount Allison's top entrance awards.
A graduate of Eastern Shore District High School, Salmonson is a tuba major and plays in a number of ensembles including Mount Allison's Symphonic Band and the University's Pep Band.
"I started playing the tuba in Grade 8 and have been playing ever since," she says. "I played in a number of bands in high school and also had the opportunity to play at community events and rallies."
Although she is the first Allisonian in her family, Salmonson says several of her music teachers throughout her schooling attended Mount A.
She also sings bass in the Elliott Chorale and was the drummer in the pit band for the Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society's recent production of The Addams Family.
While undecided about her career path just yet, Salmonson hopes to be involved in music and activism in some way.
"I want to help break down the social barriers in music. If I can be an advocate for feminism as a musician, that would be ideal," she says.