According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of regret is to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. In high school, I quit the violin. This blog series is about my journey to resume playing. To read the entire series, please visit www.melaniebates.net/blog.
On Friday, July 9, 2021, I participated in my first orchestra concert since my return to playing the violin in September 2020 after a 15+ year hiatus. I joined the Adult Chamber Orchestra at Levine Music.
The orchestra began immediately after the Adult Retreat, so I felt more confident in my ability to be successful. We had just two weeks to learn the music and only four rehearsals prior to the concert. It was an exhilarating experience because the quick turnaround propelled you to learn the repertoire faster. The concert was held via Zoom due to the pandemic restrictions. While I was slightly apprehensive, I invited some of my family and friends to tune in.
I was blown away by the amount of my attendees and encouraging words that I received through the virtual platform. It felt good to know that I was performing for my loved ones. My journey to resume playing the violin has taken a lot of time, energy, and dedication, so knowing I had the gracious support of those closest to me made it such a fulfilling experience. I am eager to continue my studies and become the best violinist I can be.
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is an attorney and consultant based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.