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Laurie Niles

July 28, 2003 at 5:38 PM

Greetings from Los Angeles, California, where we sometimes succeed in drowning out the ever-present drone and call of the highway with classical music.

It's actually not a bad place to be a violinist. There is ample work at many different levels. The LA Phil is among the best anywhere, as is the LA Chamber Orchestra. Then there is the recording biz, which can mean anything from playing the soundtrack for "Star Wars" to helping a garage band tape their demo in a basement sound studio.

If one doesn't mind the highway, there must be 40 other professional and semi-professional orchestras in the area, and as many chambers groups. Add in a zillion churches and lots of fun weddings, and you have cobbled together a life. Really, there's nothing like a wedding on a Malibu hillside, sun setting over the ocean...

As for me, I fall somewhere in the middle of the road (so to speak). I play my share of orchestra jobs. Some are 10 minutes away, other several hours on the highway. I play a few weddings here and there. I teach violin and belong to a group of Suzuki teachers in Pasadena.

I'm still waiting for Fox Studios to call me up (in a serial manner, preferably) for a run of movie recordings that pay residuals, setting me up for a life of financial ease and comfort...

So that is where I'll start with this blogging business. My days in LA...

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