A View from The Other Side

It feels so weird to be on the other side of things.

When I was younger, and even during the past couple of years in VYO, the senior soloists always seemed so…intimidating. They played their pieces perfectly. They would stand in front of the orchestra with such confidence, obviously having worked toward playing their solo for a very long time. It seemed so easy for them. I would marvel at their talents from the audience or from my place in the middle of the orchestra, thinking that they wouldn’t see my mouth hanging open in total awe.

I know now that they could.

When I stood in front of the VYO in rehearsal today, and looked out at my peers, I didn’t feel nearly as confident or play as fluidly as any of my predecessors. When I saw the faces of the VYO members staring back at me, I felt like they were expecting perfection. But, remembering my younger, open-mouthed self, I thought hopefully that at least one person in the orchestra might look up to me as I had looked up to so many others in the past.

–Kelly Herrmann

Kicking Off a “Magnifique” VYO Season!

During the weeks preceding the fall concert, VYO soloists Kelly Herrmann (flute) and Samantha Angstman (piano) will begin to post their thoughts and comments about the excitement involved in being an orchestral soloist. They are both currently preparing for the VYO opening concert of the season. “Vive la France” will be presented on September 28 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington and on September 26 at Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.

Additional VYO members will post blog entries in May and July, as the students focus their blog around their preparation for each of this season’s concerts. They’ll comment about their rehearsals, the repertoire they are learning, their lives as emerging musicians and general goings on – from a backstage perspective – at the Elley-Long Music Center.

Feel free to check the blog often! For more details on the VYOA or for details on our concerts, please visit our website at www.vyo.org.

Photo: Jordan Silverman