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You know you're an orchestra geek when...

July 11, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I am one of those insane violinists whom love orchestra and are willing to spend hours at ends in orchestra practise playing the same bars over and over and over again and don´t get tired of it (well expect for when the conductor has the orchestra tuning the harmonies note after note after note). Orchestra has given me fantasic memories, fantastic concerts, wonderfully succesful practises, shoulder ache beyond imagination, frustration beyond imagination, a great lesson in patience (we´ll get that bar right eventually) and greatly improved violin skills :) So all in all I´m an orchestra geek.

There are always those signs which one can use to tell whether one is an orchestra geek or not.

1- You consider the day which has orchestra practise you´r favourite day of the week

2-You listen to the orchestra piece you´r playing up to 5 times a day (Dvorak 9th symphony is a wonderful "easy" listening)

3- You call your friend excitedly after confirming your participation in a youth orchestra project and you´r both highly excited to begin

4- You Invite (i.e. drag) you´r non classical music listening friends to your concerts and promise them that the music will be awesome (yet again Dvorak 9th never fails ;) )

5- You´r chamber ensemble conductor gives you a massive guilt trip when told that you intend not to participate that term so because of guilt you decide after all to participate

6- Orchestra is one of your favourite topics of discussion

7- Your favourite treat pasttime is to attend symphony concerts

8- When attending symphony concerts where Dvorak 9th symhpony is being played you spend your time on analyzing the diffrence between the performance of your youth orchestra and the one your listening to.

9- When listening to symphonies you know well and/or have played you find yourself either imitating the violin movements of the music or find yourself conducting

10- You can answear in the blink of an eye whach your favourite symphonies are and why

I could come up with many more reasons but short in short I am an orchestra geek and proud of it :)

Feel free to add to the list if you want and I do apologize for all spelling mistakes, unfortunaetly spelling isn´t my biggest strength in English (which is my 2nd language)

From Royce Faina
Posted on July 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM

Hi Anna,

A little over a year ago someone submitted, "You Know You're A Violin Geek..."  and that thread reached 100.  Someone submitted part 2..... Glad someone is bringing this one up again!

You know when you're an Orchestra Geek when you use your laundry quarters to buy Orchestra Tickets!

From Christopher Liao
Posted on July 12, 2009 at 3:09 AM


From Kim Vawter
Posted on July 12, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Today is my first day of practice for the first ever orchestra that has accepted me. I have been looking forward to this like Christmas and a dental appointment for tooth extraction. I will tell you which one it is.

Oh--One more thing. I listen to the Overture of a musical like it was Billy Graham. I want to tell the audience to Shhhush! 

From Bill Busen
Posted on July 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM

...when you think of all the people you know in a foreign country, and then realize that the only people you know there are musicians.

From Ann Marie Cordial
Posted on July 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I'm a wannabe Orchestra geek.

I'm an adult student on violin and viola, and I was recently taken in with a local community orchestra for viola, because the need for violists apparently is greater than their need for violinists.  I'm waiting for the season to begin....and to me it's like Christmas but I'm feeling a bit of terror - like waiting in line to get on a "killer" roller-coaster or something.  I've always wanted to do something like this... and now that's it is coming true, I CAN'T WAIT!!!!  I just hope I don't dissappoint anyone.....

---Ann Marie

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