Thursday, May 21, 2015

Please, Allow Me a Moment

Bethany received some very good news today and we are so very, very proud of her. 
Earlier this week she auditioned for the Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra. For the last two years she has been a part of two of the Lyceum preparatory orchestras-- first it was the Chamber Ensemble and then this year she was thrilled to make it into Symphonic Strings.  All of the orchestras rehearse Wednesday afternoons at American Heritage School in American Fork.

For the Philharmonic Orchestra you must be in 9-12 grade (Bethany will be in 9th grade this fall).  We've heard this group play before and they are FANTASTIC!   Here is a link to see some of the crazy awesome artists they've performed or recorded with.

We knew auditions were coming up, and although we really doubted she would be able to make it in this year, we figured the audition itself would be a good experience to help her prepare for next year.  Bethany worked so hard to get ready for the audition.  The quality of the recording leaves much to be desired, here she is playing her piece the night before. 

This evening we received the email we were hoping for, letting us know that SHE MADE IT IN!  She is so happy and we are so happy for her.  It will be a very big commitment and she may be a little out of her league at first, but I am sure she will rise to the challenge and continue to grow as a musician.
Here is Bethany with her first little violin when she was about 4 1/2 years old.  There is something to be said for sticking with something and practicing every day...
 Congratulations, Bethany.  I hope it's been worth all those salty, tear-stains on your violin over the years!


Schramm Family said...

First... CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is awesome. Second... why do you have pictures of Faith in a post about Bethany?! :)

Kierstin said...

Way to go Bethany. Maybe you'll be in the next Piano Guys video. What a fun four years you have in store in that group!! Those 4-year-old pics are so cute. She looks just like Faith. All the long hard years are definitely worth it.

Ali said...

Sooooo proud of you Bethy! I remember her first violin recital! She has grown so tall and has become more and more amazing!