fucksunlimited asked: So seating placements come out the next week at rehearsal, and sure enough, the sectional coach moved me to concertmaster. Which was great. I honestly did put in the work that I needed to deserve something like that. Rick (is that what I named him?) was kind of cold (with the right reasons, sure) But there are alllll these moms that do attendance and stuff and I overheard one of them telling him that I didn't deserve it, and that he's so much better than I am. I feel totally excluded.
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tl;dr - The moms don’t know what they’re talking about. You’re an awesome person who contributes to the welfare of the section, and you should be rewarded.
Aw honey, that sucks so much that you’re not getting any recognition for the work that you do. If I could go see you in person, I’d go see your guys’ concert and congratulate you on the beautiful work that you contribute to your section, because I’m absolutely 100% sure that you play exceedingly well.
What I want you to know is that unless those moms have played violin before, they have no idea what the heck they’re talking about, To most if not all people, there is a certain point in aptitude where people all qualify as good. It’s not unless you are an expert in the instrument itself (disclaimer: my opinion, if you want to civilly call me out on this be my guest but if I get angry ranting I will not answer you) that you can really make a judgment on the aptitude of a player.
Additionally, orchestra is a very communal part of music. Orchestra is all about how the section as a whole sounds, not how each individual person in the section sounds (if anyone from the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section is reading this, TAKE NOTE. YOU ARE NOT THE STAR OF THE SHOW). You obviously care a lot about how your section is doing, and “Rick” does not. You should be rewarded by being placed in the higher level seat, because you take more responsibility.