I'm thrilled to be back at Symphony in C this week as a Violin Teaching Artist at their Symphony Summer Camp. The students range in every way possible, including age, level, background- but they all share an enthusiasm for music and a cheerful disposition toward long rehearsals! The students made me proud many times today. We're working on some difficult music - Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets," some traditional Clave music, a Prelude and Fugue by White, and a few other arrangements. It's a lot to handle, and the kids are doing it beautifully.
One of my favorite moments of today was not one of those times that I felt particularly proud, but it was too funny to leave out.
Part of my job is to sit in the section for ensemble rehearsals to help guide any musical stragglers. For one of this morning's rehearsals I was sitting behind two young boys. They're both on the younger side of the age range and both a little less experienced than some of their colleagues, so they're still working on how to safely hold an instrument when there are other people around. One of the boys was stretching and, wouldn't you know, nicked the other boy's violin with his bow. It was an accident; shouldn't happen, but alone it's forgivable and not worth mentioning. But to my astonishment, his companion stared at the violin, glared up at his friend, and then - here it is - hit the first boy's violin with his bow in response! Would you believe?! I got involved pretty quickly from there. I couldn't show it of course, but I was dying laughing inside.
I guess you just never know what's going to happen next in orchestra.
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