So my fear of embarrassing myself at music was not as bad as I thought. It wasn’t as good as a hoped either.

For one thing we went over other music and I was handed the solo lead on a rather interesting part. The William Byrd Suite I’ve never played this part on. And where I was afraid of the high F# in West Side Story, this part is regularly there and higher. It goes all the way to double-A.


Generally in community groups seniority accounts for a lot. And so I was surprised when the two first suggested I sit in the front chair. Tony came by and asked the lady who has been there for more than a decade if she wanted the privilege of being “concert master.” Without missing a moment she said no, that I should be.

Concert master is the wind ensemble usually falls to the 1st clarinet. In the orchestra it is often a designation for the 1st violin player. Depending on the tradition the concert master might rehearse the orchestra at times. In general they are responsible for directing and tuning the orchestra before the conductor enters the stage. In the orchestra typically the tuning instrument is the oboe, so the concert master will direct the oboe to tune the winds and then the brass, etc. In the wind ensemble this is often rolled into the single job. Essentially the concert master will be responsible for playing the tuning notes and all the rest of the concert master tradition.

A lot of music performance is ritual. And this is a ritual honor. I verified and commented that I thought seniority should have its place. She was quite assured she wanted me to be. I am honored and humbled at folks thinking that well of me.

It’ll be the first time I’ve been a concert master or first chair in a concert. And there is a pile of solo passages. Wish me luck. I’ve got a lot of practicing to do.

6 Responses to “Moosik”

  1. roxikat says:

    Good luck with your practicing. It’s cool to hear that you’ve entered into such an honorable role in your orchestra. 🙂

  2. mongologue says:

    Wow. All the best of luck! But with your skill, you won’t need too much luck. 🙂

  3. tchall says:

    Congratulations and all the best of luck, though like Chiaroscuro said, with your skill you won’t need it. 🙂

  4. kyrincat says:

    Congrats, that is so cool!


  5. tracerj says:

    Dude, that is fiercely awesome.

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