What is your name?
Jeff Pelletier

Where are you from?
Lewiston, Maine USA

Where do you live now?
North Vancouver, BC

What instruments do you play?
Flute and Piccolo

How long have you played your instruments?
30 yrs

What made you pick those instruments?
I saw famed flutists James Galway on Sesame Street and Jean-Pierre Rampal on the Muppets Show and I was HOOKED!

Where did you study?
Growing up in rural Maine - there were not many choices. I started with a wonderful teacher named Kathy Iovieno who did her schooling in Boston with James Pappoutsakis (former 2nd flute in the Boston Symphony).

Please list any awards, accomplishments, etc.
Aside from music - I am an internationally renowned giant pumpkin grower.

If you could have dinner with any composer (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I would have to say Dmitri Shostakovich. He lived through and persevered through such a difficult time.

What is your favourite genre of music, other than classical music?
World fusion

What is your favourite band?
Paul Winter Consort

Other than the KSO, who do you perform with?
Several Vancouver based groups including: Ventos Wind Quintet (fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn), Trio Primario (fl, cl, piano), Erato Ensemble (vocal chamber ensemble), Winter Harp (award winning touring group), Plastic Acid Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony

What are some interesting places you have traveled to?
Aruba, all over the USA

What are your hobbies outside of music?
Gardening, gourmet cooking, hiking/mountain climbing, knitting, photography

What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Ben and Jerry's "Chubby Hubby" - peanut butter and fudge rippled malt ice cream with chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzel chunks

What is your guilty pleasure?
Going to the movies and getting a huge tub of popcorn!

Do you get nervous? And how do you calm your nerves before a performance?
Generally I don't get nervous especially when taking the necessary steps to prepare for a performance. If I do, just deep breathing and centering techniques.

Please add anything that you'd like to share with our audience
Have fun with classical music!