Musician of the GSO since: 2003
Other Orchestral Experience: St. Catharines (now Niagara) Youth Orchestra
Academics and teachers: Studied with Paul vanDongen (violin), John Butler (piano)
Engineering degree from University of Guelph
Other Occupations: Teacher in Engineering Technology at Conestoga College
Q & A with Janet Why play violin? Second violin is clearly where the action’s at. How did you get interested in classical music? Wonderful parents who didn’t play themselves but gave me opportunities. Greatest musical influence? Formative years in youth orchestra. Favourite food? Hands down my mom’s Japanese cooking. Outside interests? Piano, art, science, finding the answer to anything on the internet. Favourite Composers? That’s like choosing your favourite child! Impossible! Favourite Works? Depends on my mood, my list is long and covers many genres from funk, rock and blues to all eras of classical. Favourite way to relax? Laughing over a good meal with people I love. What's a fact no one would know about you? I am a natural blonde who was born with an extra digit on my left hand so I never have to use second position.