Hi all! I'm new to the discussion boards here (if you don't count three or so years of lurking, haha) and I always really enjoy the discussions that go on here. They're insightful (and yes, I am buttering you up).
I, like many others that have posted on here, am wondering where I can get in my life with music. I'm eighteen and have played since I was four, but due to my dad's job being outsourced so much, haven't really had formal lessons since I was fourteen or fifteen (can't quite remember). Currently, I'm recovering from a couple loose joints and trying to get back up to the level I'm used to playing at before progressing more. I have a long way to go: I've done Bruch, Mendelssohn, and Zigeunerweisen, and that's pretty much it for my repertoire as of now due to not having lessons for three years. I'm also religiously practicing scales (Flesch is my Bible for now).
I ultimately decided to not pursue music as a career and entered BYU last year as a computer science major. I auditioned into the BYU Symphony after a five hour panic practice session after months of not practicing (it was actually exciting; I played about ten bars of Zigeunerweisen and the professor stopped me and told me I had made it. A bit of a confidence boost, which is really nice because it made me feel pretty good the rest of the week) and that's the only thing that carried me through the second semester there. I'm not returning to BYU this fall for personal and religious reasons (okay, I hated pretty much everything about the school but that's another story), as well as the sudden realization that I wanted to try playing the violin for a career.
I'm heading up to Washington this August to start taking lessons again with a teacher I had a few years back and really felt I progressed with, and I'm planning on spending at least one and a half years doing nothing but work part time (I'll be living with my grandparents, so no rent) and practice my butt off (at least five hours a day. I've done it before, and I'm willing to do it again now that I have an actual goal) before I start trying out for conservatories. I have a dream of making it into a big time symphony, but I'm not sure how realistic that is (although it's a nice thing to work towards) and I'd be ecstatic to be a part of the professional music community.
That being said, I do have a back up plan. I was thinking that after I finish music school, as I build a resume (starting small with whatever I can get into), I would like to get an associates or something in a field that would facilitate supporting myself so I have something to fall back on should I not get into a sufficiently paying symphony eventually.
I'm open to any suggestions or opinions on what my plans are, and while I'd love to get a big break and make it into the symphony of my dreams (cue starry eyes) I also want to be as realistic as possible.
If you need me to clarify anything due to incoherence or the like, I'm happy to do so. :) And thank you!
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