I'm an adult amateur violinist who plays at the advanced intermediate level. These days I play in occasional community orchestras, semi-regular chamber music sight-reading parties (usually second violin but I'm getting braver), and a traditional music group at my Episcopal church. I have more-or-less crippling stage fright and try to avoid performing for people in any kind of exposed setting. I'm married to an amateur cellist and we have an impish, talented but recalcitrant tween who has no interest in playing. I fantasize about finding a really good teacher (=the right teacher for me) and launching myself over that advanced repertoire hurdle to the point of playing first violin parts and easier romantic concerti well. Enjoy playing/listening to a wide range of music but my desert island composers are probably Brahms and Dvorak, especially their chamber music. Current struggles: figuring out a setup that eliminates pain while playing, developing a consistent and effective practice routine amid the usual life constraints, getting over my stage fright.