Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Chair

This afternoon when I picked up Spell Girl from school, she was unusually happy and excited.  Wanna know why?? 
 She had a Chair Test in Orchestra and she made FIRST CHAIR! 

A chair test is when the orchestra students are given solo tests to determine how well they know the music they've been working on.  The tests are given periodically throughout the year and the students are ranked by the director based on technique and accuracy.  The ranking determines where they sit in the orchestra for practice and concerts until the next chair test.  The FIRST CHAIR is the best musician in that section.
This time it's Spell Girl!!  She gets to sit in the FIRST CHAIR, closest to the audience in concerts and most prestigious in the practice hall.  Eventually, they'll have another chair test, and she may not stay in that coveted position, but for now, she's pretty darn happy about it. 

We're so proud of her.  She's worked so hard to be really good at something she loves.  At the end of the first semester of school, her Orchestra teacher recommended that she be moved from Sinfonia to Concert Orchestra because she was doing so well.  And now...she's FIRST CHAIR!  Go Spell Girl!!
 It's so awesome to see your kids excel at things they didn't even know they could do.

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