Love my colleagues

Carolyn Christie and Christopher Millard, two of my life-long colleagues and people who made my life so much better through knowing them, shown here holding the current issue of The Double Reed, the quarterly journal of the International Double Reed Society which features one of my sketches on the cover. Christopher was my first bassoon teacher, and I started studying with him when I entered the University of British Columbia at the age of 16. Chris was 22 years old and had just started his career as principal bassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony. And Carolyn Christie was the superb second flautist of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal when I won my first job at the age of 22. Carolyn looked out for me and was the magnificent flautist in the woodwind quintet that we founded, and Les Chambristes de Montréal, a mixed chamber group of strings, keyboard and winds. They sent me this beautiful photo out of the blue, and seeing their faces brings back all the good memories. . . such fantastic colleagues who have shared their lives with me, good times and bad.