As a teen, I was a classical musician, the French horn being my instrument. Performing in concert always produced a sense of accomplishment. There was the immediate response from the audience and there is nothing like applause. It washes over you in waves, bathing you in acceptance and appreciation of the effort you've expended in preparation for and performance of the music.
In 1977, my senior year in high school, I auditioned for and was chosen as first chair French hornist with America's Youth in Concert. The group went on a month-long tour of Europe. Concert venues included New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Albert Hall and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France (pictured below).
After graduation from high school, I began playing the violin and performed with the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra for a number of years.
I miss performing with a group, but practice and performance take time. Between working full time, attending college part time and commuting, my participation in the arts is limited (with the exception of writing and photography). I do envision a return to music performance when career and college consume less time.
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