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Mendy Smith

Day 37 - New Teacher, New Orchestas

March 10, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Things are starting to come together for me in my new life in Houston.  I found a new viola instructor from the Houston Symphony, and have been invited into two local community orchestras. The biggest advantage of being a violist - we are always in demand in the community orchestras, and the "viola-society" is quite tight.  A single word from one violist to another expands your musical network across the country within a day or two. Six degrees of seperation quickly becomes one. 

All I have to do now is drive for 5 days to make it out there.

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on March 10, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Have a good trip, and drive safely!

So far I haven't found it to be so true that violists are always in demand.  My orchestra seems to have a greater demand for first violinists.  And we had more trouble finding two violinists for our quartet than a violist.  This is why I'm still playing both instruments . . . but now that I am, I'm glad.  At first I thought I was ready to leave violin behind for the viola, and instead I've gotten better at both.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on March 10, 2009 at 4:25 PM

 Bye bye West Coast and hello Texas! Hope you have a good/safe drive!

From Tess Z
Posted on March 13, 2009 at 2:33 AM

Be safe Mendy and have a good trip.  Will it be humid in Texas this time of year? 

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