“I play second violin in the orchestra and have been a member for about 7 years, and on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair for 4 years.
I started playing the violin at 9 years old in Fort Worth, Texas – more than half a century ago. I clearly remember the day I asked my parents if I could take lessons from the nice violin teacher who visited our class. When I started taking lessons, my Dad did, too, and played for the rest of his life. Dad took me to the Fort Worth Symphony Tuesday evening concerts, and that is what sparked my love for symphonic music.
My brother plays cello and my sister plays viola, so we had a family quartet that played music together. My Mom always says, she plays the audience. 🙂 Even now, at family get-togethers in Texas, we have a chamber music session.
I took violin lessons until I graduated from college with a B.A. in Music History. I still take lessons from time-to-time as my schedule allows. I feel that to play the violin well, I need a ‘tune-up’ every so often, to prevent bad habits.
My husband, son, and I moved to Halifax in 2003 from Bridgewater. One of the ways I became involved with the community was by playing at our church, Our Lady of the Lake. I play for the
7:30 am Sunday Mass with our outstanding choir and organist/pianist. I also play in other chamber groups and for weddings, etc.
The best thing about being involved with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra is being able to play orchestra music with people who love it as much as I do. It’s the most beautiful, inspiring and challenging music to play, and a real camaraderie develops among players. I feel blessed to be playing with such a high caliber of musicians and I learn something new at each rehearsal. Our concerts are always very well received and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done. It is inspiring music for all ages. Our concerts are free to children when accompanied by adult, so it is a low cost, educational and entertaining family event. I hope to encourage children to come to concerts so they will come to love orchestral music as much as I do.”
Ed note: Thank you for sharing your love of music with us, Andrea.
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