My oldest had a violin audition last night. I think I was more nervous than she. This wasn't her first audition but it was her biggest one so far. She is a current member of the Nashville Suzuki Players (NSP), a nonprofit organization that travels to events and schools to spread the joy of music. The group has played all over the southeast and the list of people and places they have preformed for is impressive and growing.
|Opening for the Oak Ridge Boys|
|A school in Memphis, TN|
A week ago she was nailing it, but as time drew close she began to freeze up. Half way through a song she'd miss notes and look up shocked and confused. I told her to relax, she knows it, and she'll be fine. Inside I was praying for God to give her confidence and settle her nerves. The morning of her audition her scales were off. She was over reaching a note. She corrected her mistake, but her confidence took another hit. I told her to go outside and play. When it was time she could warm up a bit before before the audition. I knew if she went in there and played slowly and deliberately she could do well.
Once there, some of her friends were there and they were all twittering about. Moving between the practice rooms and the lobby with an electrifying energy. These kids have really bonded over the tours. Oh, it will be so hard to not have them all go to Disney! There were two audition dates set and this was the first. It soon became obvious that most of the group had opted for the later audition date and more practice time. Eventually, the judge arrived and was ready. One by one they took their turn. One by one they each did well. Now we wait. It will be a few weeks before we find out the results but it's all done now. I for one and glad to have it behind us!