Friday, April 15, 2011
My little conductor
I keep track of the time she spends volunteering at the Utah Symphony's Youth Guild, checking coats for performances and helping out with the instrument petting zoos (although she doesn't think this is work). I keep track of contests she wins. Last night, at the monster concert, she won the composition contest that the district held and she got up in front of twelve different elementary schools' orchestras, all playing in the concert together, and conducted them while they played her song. It was quite simply amazing. She had to stand up on a chair because she was so small no one could see her. But she loves it and just eats it up. I love it too. I couldn't have been more proud. I'm still baffled as to where her musical creativity comes from. But I'm glad she got it and glad we figured it out and even better, I'm glad she uses it. When she gets into Juilliard, she's not sure yet if she'll study viola performance, piano performance, composition, or even conducting--or any number of combinations. We'll have to wait and see.