I have been a part of a youth symphony for the past two years, and have really enjoyed it. But recently, I've been thinking about where I'm headed with the violin.
My conductor (who also conducts a college symphony) is starting a college prep program for high schoolers to play in his college symphony, and he selected a few (three) violin students from my symphony to invite to join the program. I was one of them.
I think I should take this opportunity if symphony performing is really the direction I'm headed.
Basically, I'm wondering what other violinists think about their experiences performing in professional orchestras. Do you enjoy it overall? Has it helped you to grow as a musician? How about personally? Do you like the music you play? Do you have time for other things in life, or does violin take up all your time? Do you have to work other jobs in order to have a sufficient income? How many concerts does your symphony perform every year?
Are there any non-symphony performers out there? What do you do with the violin? Do you enjoy it?
One other thing: I'm at the point where I'll need to decide soon whether or not I want to go to college right after I graduate high school, or wait a little while, or not go to college at all. Do you feel like going through college really helped you achieve your music goals?
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