Written by Shauna Kaske
Published: September 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM [UTC]
Going into the side-by-side rehearsal, the wonderful Tai Murray hooked her arm around me and pulled me up to lead the group. I can’t say I remember the last time I was so nervous, especially during the solo in the last movement. Sight-reading in front of such a distinguished group is anything but calming, but their positivity gave me a newfound confidence.
I feel like a lot of orchestra rehearsals are spent on the negatives, but whenever us Butler students did something they favored, a unison of “Nice!” or “Awh yeah!” came from the ECCO members, even as we were playing. We ran through the music first, just enjoying the sounds rather than being critical. After the run through, ECCO members asked our opinions while also voicing theirs, making for a group effort of musicality. To be surrounded by such a healthy, encouraging environment made me inwardly pout when the two hours came to a close.
ECCO was in town to perform for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and I can’t wait for them to come back again.
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