Today I auditioned for Eastern Virginia's Regional Orchestra (the one before all-state). I was rather taken aback by the whole experience- so many violinists, so many different levels. Some very, very talented players; some playing out of tune, with bad hand positions, posture. Needless to say, I began wondering about my place in the whole scheme, pondering over the journey towards becoming a professional violinist.
I realize that without hearing me play, it's practically impossible to judge my playing, potential, etc. I am, though, really wondering if it's a smart idea for me (or anyone else, for that matter) to dive into a career in music. I believe I play reasonably well, but I'm not where I'd like to be, especially with conservatory/college auditions just around the corner. Lots of hard work ahead... If a person has the interest and the drive (not to mention a good teacher!), are these factors 'enough?' What else does it take? On that note, what are some of the job opportunities that are out there for violinists? People say "don't limit yourself to just one option," but besides teaching and performing, what other violin-related job opportunities exist?
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