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    So, my violin instructor(who retired from teaching at my school last semester) called me and asked if I could perform in the civic orchestra. I’ve never performed for any kind of audience. It’s a little intimidating, I was wondering if anyone has any tips or experiences they’d like to share about their first time performing.

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    How exciting! You’ll be glad you did this. I used to play in orchestra in school in late 60’s and you’ll just be in a crowd of others there with you. Don’t worry. Enjoy!!!

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    Yes just enjoy! My first time performing was at a party of about 100 people playing with my five other musician friends. We were all a little scared but once we started we forgot about being scared and just played. We had a blast!!

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    Suzanne Cox

    It’s an exciting experience to play with an orchestra! You are part of a large team, your part is important, and yet the others are there to cover for you when you miss a few notes. You will enjoy this experience!

    To make the most of it, here are a couple tips to keep in mind. Keep a close eye on the conductor! We mostly watch him with our peripheral vision, however I like to make eye contact frequently so he knows I am paying attention to him. With some conducting experience behind me, I know what it feels like to wonder if anyone is actually watching! Especially pay attention to any cut offs, even in the middle of a phrase during rehearsal.

    Keep your pencil handy! Make a friend by having a spare available, someone always seems to need an extra!

    You will be ahead of the game if you practice your orchestra music at home and always come prepared. It will not go unnoticed.

    As far as the performance, just remind yourself that everyone in the audience wants to hear you play! And they don’t mind a wrong note here and there, that is part of the joy of live music.

    Suzanne Cox
    Violin Tutor Pro Teacher

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    Thank you all for chiming in. Haha it’s not like it’s really any big thing, just a local orchestra, I guess it’s intimidating for me because I’ve never played for anyone before. I really just play for my own satisfaction. Still, I’m going to give a shot and see how it goes.

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    When I first started private violin lessons I actually had a bad experience. I didn’t start loving it until I joined my school orchestra! In the beginning I was sitting in the back kind of bored because I already knew how to play and everyone else was fresh beginners. Then once they caught up to me it was fun to hear how the different parts worked together and what made it better was I was with all my closest friends. I think once you join an orchestra, you never again want to go back to playing just by yourself. There’s something truly magical being part of something bigger than just your instrument!

    As for performing, my parents actually tricked me into going to my first recital. It was very small with only people from my violin studio there, so somehow they convinced little five year old me that it was just a group lesson that the parents got to listen to. Afterwards when I figured out it was a performance it wasn’t as bad or scary as I thought it would be. I think it’s important to keep in mind that we sometimes talk ourselves into thinking we are more nervous than we actually are. On the flip side, it is also possible to talk ourselves into realizing that performing isn’t too scary. Just play your heart out, remember you are part of a team who has your back, and if you make any mistakes the audience most likely will never notice!

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