Katherine had her last youth symphony concert tonight.
She has loved being a part of this group. She has been excited to go to rehearsal every single Sunday afternoon. She has practiced without reminders every morning before school and as the year has gone on, her practicing has become longer and she has learned to work the difficult sections again and again.
And because of all that work, she has become a better musician. In August, she was near the back of the second violins and grateful to be there. In January, there were seating auditions again and she moved up five chairs, all the way to the front of the second violins. She beat out musicians much older and with more experience and she was so proud!
Kate has enjoyed learning new, challenging music. She has been impressed by the ceremony of performances. And she has adored hanging out with the other musicians. These quirky, nerdy, musical kids are her friends and her mentors. They have introduced to teenhood and the complex culture of musicians. And they have been patient and welcoming and encouraging to her.
Katherine hasn't figured out what she's going to do on Sunday afternoons, now, and she is already missing the seniors who have been such wonderful role models for her. But she's practicing her audition piece and looking forward to August, when she can once again be part of the symphony.