The solo performances at the festival were also a very positive experience. The adjudicators were complimentary and encouraging of every last child, even those who didn’t play very well or were struggling beginners. They gave every student some constructive feedback and often spent more time with the kids who might otherwise have felt a little out-classed in their group, bringing forth from them some really brilliant improvements. The atmosphere in the classes was so positive — families and students high-fiving each other after performances, even if they’d never met before, lots of warmth and supportiveness.
I’ve already shared the Summit Strings Tango, which was played on the final Honours Concert. Noah and Fiona also played solos on that concert. The kids all got a little scholarship money. (Noah suggested he would like to use his money to bribe his teacher out of assigning him any more studies!) And Noah and Erin were chosen the Junior and Intermediate students recommended to the Provincial Festival. I think Erin would like to go. I know Noah is not keen. The festival is structured in a competitive fashion, which is something I swore we would not do until the teenage years. Time flies. I have two teens. We shall see.
And yes, I still have four children, but one has requested that her youtube video not be embedded here. It’s easy to find for those so-motivated.