I want to share with you a blog I wrote about my first orchestra experience as an adult, whom, lets just say not quite qualify for the orchestra yet...
I don't think I have ever been that lost before. I'm a pianist, why can't I count correctly?? Why???
I emailed one of the junior college community orchestra group's director about sitting in the first rehearsal. Told him honestly that I've only been playing for 3 months, playing towards the end of Suzuki book TWO, and am interested in joining in the FUTURE. He insist that this year he will be doing some chamber music group, so he'll be assigning maybe just one movement of easier pieces to different groups depending on their level, and that I should come in with my violin.
Alright, so here I went with my violin. Staring at the section wondering which is the last chair of the second violin section. I sat down, praying that no one will sit next to me. Then a nice college kid sat next to me. We exchanged greetings, and I told him i'm very new. He said he's been only playing for a few years. I said, that's great, I've only been playing for three. Three MONTHS. You should see the look in his face, it was priceless.
We started off playing Haydn's Symphony No100. Ehmmm... you mean I have to sight read this thing? (thank goodness it's in G major). I can play the slower passages, only when I can find my place in the music. It's not like the music is in complicated time, why do I have so much trouble following the music? I pretty much count the best I can, watch my stand parter to see where our section suppose to be at. And try to play the first note of each bar if I can. Quickly, I realize my goal for the nite was not to play any notes during our rest.
Since its the first rehearsal, everyone was sight reading. The first violin section was of course quite good. There were alot of giggling going on in the second violin section because we're either playing out of tune or we enter wrong.
I almost pee in my pants when the director wants each section to play their section alone.
Will I go back to this orchestra? Probably, but not now. I'm not ready. I think it's a great learning opportunity, but I should not be wasting their time. If they do indeed have the chamber section, and they can really find someone my level, I would be delighted to join. I took the music home, I just can't do this. At least for now. Nonetheless, it was a GREAT learning experience!!!