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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000276.txt from 2003/10

From: "Chantelle Edwards" <>
Subj: [kl] Inspiration
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 12:27:29 -0400

Hi everyone,

>How old are you (a general age bracket - I apologize that I don't remember
>from anything you've posted before this) and what has your involvement been
>with music and clarinet? What kinds of music activity are you now involved

I'm 17, and in my final year of high school. I want to pursue a degree in
music education and eventually teach instrumental music in high schools.
I'm preparing for auditions, but I'm trying to find a new private teacher at
the moment, which I'm guessing will help a little with the motivation. This
is my fifth year of playing,and I have reached Grade 2 Rudiments with
RCM(Canadian, sorry I don't know the equivalency), and have taken very basic
piano. I took clarinet lessons for two years, have been in my school Wind
Ensemble(highest group) for three years. I've played the saxophone for 2
1/2 years and have played in Sr. Jazz for almost 2 years now. I've
participated in provincial honor bands, have attended 3 band camps, played
with a local community band for advanced high school students, and
participated in National Youth Band. I currently play in our local
university's Jazz Band on tenor sax/clarinet (it's my second year) and in
the U of Manitoba's Concert Band, (I played in the University band as well
last year). I'm not sure if your question also involved repertoire, but
I've played the Mozart, (of course!), the Saint-Saens sonata op. 167, the
Schumann Fantasy-Piece, the Weber Concertino, Weber's 2nd concerto, and have
played Voxman etudes, Rose etudes, Baermann etudes and Jeanjean etudes.
Sorry for the nearly exhaustive list, everyone!
>Chantelle, My greatest joy is having the ability to share my music with
>others. I love playing in ensembles-I'd probably practice until I fell =
>of the chair if I had a group who would play music with me that long. =

Christy, I enjoy ensembles as well. Unfortunately there aren't any
opportunities where I live to play in chamber music ensembles, though I am
interested to learn!

>I have felt that way from time to time, and you know when it
>usually is? When I am being to hard on myself. Like as in
>being too much of a perfectionist. Trying too hard and feeling
>like I'm never going to be "good" enough. Thank goodness I
>usually realize it for what it is and I keep on playing anyway.

Everyone keeps trying to tell me that is what it is, but I really honestly
don't believe I am good enough. People tell me I deserve to be a good
player because i'm dedicated and motivated and work hard at music, even
though I feel like I'm not working nearly hard enough. I'm slightly worried
by the prospect of having to play auditions at the end of this year...I
don't feel good enough to get into a good school.

Thanks everyone and I hope that answers some questions,

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