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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 12:09am

This is just a plain old out-and-out brag. My eldest found out today that she's been accepted into Canada's National Youth Orchestra 2011. It was her first audition, and she's on the young end (age range is 16 to 28, and she just turned 17), so we were not expecting her to get in necessarily. We figured she stood a chance, but the standards are pretty high with many of the players being college performance majors, grads or professional orchestral freelancers.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 3:23am
Congrats!!
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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 7:57am

Wow - that's fantastic! I'd love to hear more about how it works. Where does she live? How often are performances? Is it a one-year gig or until she chooses to leave? Will she be far from home?

AMAZING talent!! You must be so proud! :)

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 8:35am

Woo Hoo!!!!

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 3:20pm
It's just a summer program: June through August. She lives in university residence. They spend a few weeks in rehearsal, with a couple of performances during that time. After that they're on tour with 4-5 performances a week, hitting the big concert halls in cities like Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa etc. with a quick jaunt across the border to New Hampshire at some point. They really just have two full programs. One is anchored by Shostakovich Symphony No. 15, the other by Mahler #5.

She'll be about 3,000 miles from home. That part is no big deal ... she's been further away on other trips.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 7:31pm

LOL Miranda, I just came to the board to post a ruthless brag post with video clips of my girls performing last and this Saturday.... But I just had to read yours first, and I loooved seeing your oldest play the Saint Saens (love that piece!): she played so clean, beautifully, and I loved her facial expressions. She's grown up so much since the last clip I saw quite some time ago (Bloch's Nigun I think...)!

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 1:17pm

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 11:57pm

I know it's really far, but will you be able to see any of her performances? She must be thrilled to be playing with such a group of talented students. I imagine she doesn't often get a group of peers who are as talented as she is (or at least in the ballpark :)).

Theresa

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 2:08am
I think I'll just opt for the CD. She's going to be living out that way next year, and I think we'll need to save the travel budget for then. Much of our extended family lives in Ontario and will be able to attend concerts there.

Miranda

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 5:47pm
Much of our extended family lives in Ontario and will be able to attend concerts there.

That's great that she'll have other family members to see her - especially since they probably don't have as many chances with her living so far from them! :)