Vera Causa Opera is made up of an amazing team of inspiring, passionate individuals, who work together to bring the community accessible opera performances for all.
Throughout the year, we'll be showcasing our team members and what they do for VCO.
Let's get to know Rachel Arseneau, VCO Musician and our new Music Coordinator!
Tell us about yourself!
I am currently in my third year at Wilfrid Laurier University studying clarinet performance. My career goal is to become a music librarian.
Talk about your role and what you do at VCO.
As the music coordinator, I am responsible for organizing all things music-related and making sure everything is in order, in time for all the performers to have what they need to rehearse, record, or perform.
What was it about VCO that made you want to be a part of it?
Having somewhere else to perform outside of school was what first drew me towards VCO, but I soon found it to be a welcoming and fun environment where I felt I wanted to keep going to every week.
How long have you been involved in opera, and/or how long have you been with VCO?
This is my third season performing with VCO as a clarinet player, and my second helping out with the sheet music. This is my first season as Music Coordinator and I am really looking forward to it!
What has been your favourite memory/experience with VCO?
My favourite experience will always be my first show with VCO, Puccini’s Le Villi. I still listen to the music to this day and remember how fun it was to be a part of this opera.
What are three words to describe VCO?
Community, fun, welcoming.
What is your biggest takeaway from being a part of VCO performances?
The main takeaway for me is being able to make music with a group of people for fun. As a music student, I am playing music all the time but it is not often that I get to come together with a group of musicians and focus on the enjoyment of the music and the experience.
What inspired you to want to work with VCO in a more behind-the-scenes role, and not just as a part of the orchestra?
I have always enjoyed being a part of VCO, but it always felt as if I could be doing more than just showing up and playing. I was thrilled when Dylan first offered me this position because not only am I able to contribute, but it is also a great experience for what I want to do later in my career in a fun environment.
Thanks for all the incredible work you do for VCO, Rachel! Check back in January to see our next team member highlight.