A couple of weeks ago, it was finally time for one of our guest accompanists to join us at rehearsal. Emily plays violin, had never played with us before, and simply joined in like she’d played with us for a long time. In fact, she played with such poise and expressive ease that the room spontaneously applauded, once it got it’s over mild shock of such sure notes coming from the 13-year-old in front of us. We’ve had accomplished accompanists before, but none so young. Emily took a moment to answer a few questions via her mother (thanks mom!):
VCS: How long have you been playing?
E: I have been playing violin for 10 years.
(So she started when she was ….three?!)
VCS: How much do you practice?
E: My goal is to practice 2 to 3 hours per day. During busy times at school, I probably average 1 1/2 to 2 hours per day.
(And that’s when we all sheepishly realize that we aren’t nearly as diligent. Perhaps why the page turn catches us by surprise.)
VCS: If you didn’t take up violin, what else would you spend your time on?
E: I can’t picture myself not playing violin. I changed from “a girl who plays violin” to a “violinist” several years ago. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t playing violin.
VCS: What’s it like to play in front of a room full of people you don’t know?
E: When I play in front of a room full of people I don’t know, I’m hopeful that my music will engage them and that they will enjoy it.
VCS: What goes through your mind when you’re up there, bow in hands, eyes on you?
E: When I’m about to play, I feel focused and hope that the audience will be engaged and feel what I’m saying through the music.
VCS: The stop and start of rehearsal, the instructions from the director the choir and to you, the polishing and more stopping and starting – how would you describe that?
E: The stopping and starting in rehearsal is very necessary. It helps me feel more practiced and confident.
VCS: The room applauded you a couple of times. What was that like?
E: It let me know that I delivered the music well and the audience felt what I was trying to convey.
We look forward to hearing Emily, as well as our other accompanists, this weekend. We hope you’ll join us!
You have until Friday Noon to buy tickets from a choir member, and Friday night 11:30 pm to purchase online. We’ll also have some tickets at the door, but don’t wait too long as it’s looking pretty full!
We sing Lullabies, 4:30 pm, Saturday, March 15, 2014 (at VBC, 541 Marshall Road SW, Vienna, VA 22180) – $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 60+ and students (15 – 18), youth (14 and below) attend for free accompanied by a ticketed attendee.