Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Audition

Katherine auditioned for the area Youth Symphony today.
She was the youngest musician to audition, which worried her. She doesn't quite grasp the idea that since she started so young, she has actually been playing longer than kids two and three years older than she is.
Katherine rarely ever admits to being nervous, but she was nervous today. I watched through the window of the practice room as she played her piece again and again. When she realized that the violinist in the next room was playing a song she'd performed in church two years ago, she grinned and noticeably calmed. She knew she could play more difficult music than that!
I heard her play before the judges and she sounded great. Kate, however, thinks she played poorly. She was especially distressed about the music she'd had to sight read. I have not yet convinced her that the judges didn't expect her to play that piece perfectly.

I watched Katherine watching the other musicians and the veteran players with equal parts apprehension and longing in her eyes. No matter the outcome, this audition was a good experience. And I am so proud of my brave girl.

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