Student returns to festival on the other side of the music stand


Bradley Reid, 13, practises his scottish fiddle for teacher Kim Lake last week at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival. (Kristen Shane photo)


After years of learning to play violin at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Kim Lake has returned to take her place on the other side of the music stand.

Lake, 25, is conducting the beginning band and teaching clarinet this week, fresh from picking up the bow last week as the Scottish Fiddle instructor.

This is her second year as a festival teacher.
As a child, she played her way from intermediate to senior strings, and then to the more advanced chamber music program.
The camp faculty's encouragement kept her coming back, she says.
"Not only do they teach you but then you can hear them do their own thing at night. It's quite the experience going from the classroom setting to watching them perform," she says.

Lake will be the one to watch, alongside some of her former instructors, in the faculty orchestra performance this Friday night at the high school.

The festival's general manager and Lake's former music teacher, John Schnarr, invited her back to teach last year.
"She's the kind of person that can do the job (because of) her love of music and of people," says Schnarr.
Growing up in Port Elgin, Lake first fell in love with music when it wafted into her ballet studio. On the floor above, Schnarr was teaching violin.

"I kept saying `Mom, can I start playing violin.' The first time she ignored me and the second time she saw I was serious," says Lake, sitting on the sunny steps of the high school last Wednesday morning.
Schnarr taught her from her 10th birthday until she left to pursue music and teaching degrees.
"My experience with John and with music camp steered me in the right direction," says Lake.
When she's not teaching at Kincardine's music festival, Lake is sometimes at the high school supply-teaching.
She says she hopes for a permanent music teacher job this fall.