So today Megan went and auditioned for the Davis summer symphony… and made it in!! We were quite amazed, as it is a college-level symphony. I think Megan’s the youngest one in there. 90% are college aged, there are a handful of what look like highschoolers, and then Megan and one other girl look like preteens. (Megan is 11.)
So today she had her first orchestra experience! (Megan’s on the left in the blue shirt.)
(There are French horn people to the left in the back but they were cut out of the picture.) Many people were out of town and missing, so there would be gaps of silence and the conductor would say, “Typani solo.” Then another silence and he would say, “Oboe solo,” and after counting a bit everyone would start in playing again.
She had a blast… though she had very sore arms! She seemed to keep up pretty well. During the break, one of the cello players (an Asian student) went over to ask her how old she was, and then was flabbergasted to find out she was 11!
I was very proud of her for even making it into the symphony. The music is quite difficult but she did a good job keeping up!