Locals share what they’re doing during the COVID-19 pandemic and talk about their worries, habits and hopes.

Victoria Symphony associate conductor Giuseppe (Joey) Pietraroia is isolating at home in Langford with his wife Marilyn and their new lab puppy Miley.

“As a conductor, I guess the biggest change is not being able to perform,” he says. “Not being in the concert hall with my colleagues.” 

What does your typical day look like?

With a new puppy, I wake up early — actually get woken up — around 6:30. This is earlier than usual but I’ll do it for Miley. Sometimes Marilyn and I have to have breakfast separately while the other keeps an eye on Miley. Then take Miley for a walk around 8 a.m. either on the trails at Royal Roads or along a quiet section of the [Galloping] Goose. Lately, we’ve introduced her to the beach, which is loads of fun.

What are you most worried about?

An extended delay of our performance season.

How do you destress?

Hang out with Miley. Go for a run.

What have you been reading/watching/listening to?

I’ve been watching a lot of cooking and food shows. I plan on finally getting to my German language CDs. I’m also putting some finishing touches to some of next season’s concerts and watching Youtube videos of opera and orchestral performances. I don’t usually look for something specific, I just go to Youtube and see what’s suggested and then that leads me to other videos. I like making new discoveries like that.

Have you rediscovered any hobbies?

Trying our new recipes, both cooking and baking.

Is there anything from this time you hope carries forward when this is over? 

Having the time and inclination to continue with my cooking and baking hobby.