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Sydney Menees


June 7, 2006 at 7:49 PM

Last year I was not a violinist. I was merely a student who had been playing the violin for almost ten years. Then I went to a music camp that my teacher started a long time ago. Sound Encounters was where I met peers of mine who loved and cherished the violin or the other instrument they played. Natasha (yes, from this site) and Kerah (yes, from this site) were my roommates. We also had a roommate - Vic - who was awesome, but she plays viola.

Knot and Ker (how I affectionately refer to my roommates) would sometimes be immersed in musical/violin-related conversation. At these times, I could not participate; I knew nothing. Here's a snippet of conversation many of you should find amusing:

Knot: "...and his Romance of the Violin album is just beautiful!"
Ker: "Oh, Joshua Bell is definitely one of my favorites..."
Syd: "Who is Joshua Bell?"
Ker and Knot: ................................

When Knot and Ker were talking about Jascha Heifetz, I said "What's that?" And they were like "You're a violinist and you don't know who Jascha Heifetz is?!!" They were so taken aback that I thought "Jascha Heifetz" was a religion. I'm not joking. They explained him to me later.

The camp experience lasted ten days and I realized how much Kerah and Natasha appriciated classical music and their instrument. They had been practicing a mininum of two hours. If I was having a good day, I got in thirty minutes. Thank you, roommates. Your influence has helped to shape the Sydney that you know today.

Sound Encounters 2006 begins today.

From Jasmine Lewis
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 7:53 PM
Have fun!
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 8:00 PM
Have fun!

Ahh! Jascha Heifetz, a religion! *cracks up*

From Charlie Caldwell
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 8:49 PM
It's not a religion. It is a way of life.
From Colleen Russo
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 9:12 PM
hehe i think its funny how everyone is saying 'have fun' because they think you're going to sound encounters again... hehe SHES IN GERMANY PEOPLE! dont forget!! ;) hehe

Syd you know i know exactly what you mean.. it wasnt until last June that i got appreciation... realized things... etc... AND I had my OWN "who the heck is josh bell!?" hehe.. although i wont put that story on here!

i cant wait to watch the 'art of the violin' dvd when i visit you in a few months!' and by a few months i mean a few months.. not 12 haha

From Kerah Williams
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 10:09 PM
Aww!! Music camp nostalgia . . . I still think about camp a lot and remember the M&M fights. (Those were Syd's idea.) AND I remember the shock of realizing my own roommate didn't know who Jascha Heifetz was. Well, we learned a lot from each other. Thank you, Sydney, for teaching me who Michael Phelps is.
From Anneliese Gentzsch
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 10:19 PM
yeah... my brother left this morning around 6:45 for sound encounters. Atleast that's when i think he left. I wasn't up. :) it seems like so long a go that i was there and syd was... wow. that was only two years ago...
From Jasmine Lewis
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 11:39 PM
hehe! sorry! i thought she was just going to get there some magical way from germany...hmmm
From Eileen Geriak
Posted on June 7, 2006 at 11:49 PM
Jascha Bell who ??? <:-/
From Dan Winter
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 12:43 AM
They've got Scott...


From Elizabeth Chavez
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 1:03 AM
haha, that story reminds me of me...=P
From C. Veronica Smith
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 2:02 AM
Oh my god! Sydney, not knowing who Joshua Bell is? I can't even imagine it!
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 5:33 AM
You've come a long way, Sydney. I'm glad you know how to express appreciation.
From Natasha Marsalli
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 1:59 PM
:) I'm glad we were so influential! We had so much fun together...I'm going to miss all the good times we had for those great ten days....playing subject/verb, assigning animals to our teachers and battling with M&Ms. Maybe someday, we'll all meet back at teachers there!
From Colleen Russo
Posted on June 8, 2006 at 3:17 PM

subject verb over seas in long letters = the best haha

syd you're the best at makin up games ;)

remember the george bush one?? LOL

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