Hello All. I started back playing several years ago after a long time away from the violin. After some solid practice over time I I signed on with a local church as a member of their ensemble consisting of violin, flute, guitars, piano, voice etc. It offered no compensation and I was glad to do it to get some solid experience. Since then I have improveded almost to the point where I was and that was a very high level
So last Sunday, I entered the church to find two professional musicians sitting in the pit area. One a cello, the other a violin. Both I know and they are excellet, but the violinist is no better than I and does not have my sound.
I was dismayed that both were given solo work while I sat. I must say I was very hurt and embarresed with this situation. After the service several people come up to me and wondered why that happened. I had no answer except to be professional and deflect the questions. The Musical Minister told me by e-mail he had done this in the past to add a little color on special occations. Am I nuts or do I have a reason/right to be feeling the way I do? Ithink I have not followed the advise I have given to othes....i.e Our value is in direct proportion to our compensation. I joined the local last week. No more freebees.........Any comments? Advise?
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