Interview - Lauren Foreman, TYO Program Coordinator

Lauren Foreman is a Western Australian import who made Tassie her home in 2016. We're excited to have her in the TYO team as our new Program Coordinator! 

What’s your background (music or otherwise)?

Although I did play the euphonium in school, I really wanted to play the trombone so I wasn’t passionate enough about my given instrument to keep practicing! I do wish that I’d kept it up, because it is incredibly cool to be able to play an instrument! The skills you gain aren't just limited to the mastering of the actual instrument. It's also about dedication, self control, grit and determination. If you've got those, then I think you could probably achieve anything you set your mind to. 

After leaving my euphonium behind, I continued with visual arts because I love to draw. I decided not to pursue it as a career artist as I thought it might take away the enjoyment of it if it was for money (what a silly thought!). Being involved in the arts behind the scenes was a way of still being connected to the arts, but not to the detriment of that enjoyment so I followed that instead. When I studied Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts so that I could produce arts events, I dabbled in theatre production, music and community events and realised that the common thread in all of these was a sense of connection to each other and that “to connect” was my imperative in life and in work. It’s therefore not really that important what type of art I’m working on - it's more about working on something that connects us all in some way; the people I’m working with and for are passionate about what they do or create; and that profits aren’t the most important goal.

Why TYO?

I believe the arts are important in life for a whole range of reasons (see above!) and instilling a love of arts in young people is an incredibly worthy goal to strive for. I admire that TYO is an organisation that provides opportunities for young people to gain the skills they need to succeed in the arts industry in their home town rather than moving elsewhere. Coming from Perth, I saw too many of my very talented colleagues move interstate to pursue skills development and career opportunities and I want to be a part of something that develops those opportunities here in my own community. Tasmania is such an incredible place and I want to be a part of it's amazing arts landscape. 

Do you have a favourite piece or composer?

That is a very difficult question. Although I have listened to many classical pieces (many more now that I am in this role!) I spend most of my time listening to what I would call "contemporary classical". Max Richter, Olafur Arnaulds and Nils Frahm are regularly on repeat. I would have to say that This Place Was A Shelter, Infra 4 and although it is a piano piece, Found Song for P are favourites. 

What sort of music do you listen to in the car?

Hip hop and pop mostly! Anything that has me singing loudly along to it. I always turn it down at the traffic lights, of course. 

Favourite pizza topping?

It's embarrassing to ask for: vegetarian plus ham! I'm not a vegetarian, I just like vegetables. And ham. 

What do you do at the TYO?

Anything Michelle needs me to do! I'll be your point of call for any general enquiries, audition, player, rehearsal questions. You can catch me Wed to Sat at and at all the rehearsals and concerts. 

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