|Did you graduate from high school, but end up going to the concerts?
||[Dec. 7th, 2009|11:08 pm]
Orch Dorks United!
|||||Iowa Public Radio||]|
Okay, I admit it, I only went to a handful of concerts two years after high school life. But my local cable service allows me to catch the latest concert. My my my our orchestra has become so big that it had to be split into two groups: freshman and the normal orchestra. But this isn't the only thing that seperates them.
Mrs. P, who I had for middle and high school, became the offical high school teacher and the district hired someone else for the middle school. Mrs. P pushed hard, but it was a good push. I moved in my seventh grade year, and went from playing a "My Heart Will Go On" melody to Mozart. Bam. I never thought I'd be at the level that my new school was at. I was miserable at first, but once I became a sophomore, suddenly things became easier. Mrs. P's pushing had paid off. I am, sadly, far from the status of a violin superstar, but I can get by. I squeak, but all violins do that, but I'm in tune and I can play pieces that challange me in a good way.
Well, getting back to my original subject... I caught a concert the other day featuring the batch of freshmen under the middle school teacher's hand. I could not believe what I heard. I fell into a chair from shock. They sound like my old school did back in sixth grade. Oh no no no no! We are the Ames High Orchestra for chrissake! We played for the University of Northern Iowa's concert feature introduction for Katlin Tully! We were acknowledged by the St. Paul Theatre as guests, and we met Joshua Bell!
Sometime later I returned and heard the normal orchestra. We aren't exactly what we used to sound like, but I was relieved we weren't living down our rep yet.
So I can't wait for the mini-P's to grow up and enter the orchestra, to rescue us!