SoundFest Day 5

clouds over Martha's Vineyard

I think I missed a day in there somewhere.

Probably yesterday. Besides my own labors of reading and writing on work subjects, the campers were involved with a long series of master classes, both as participants and observers. That was yesterday. I was pretty blown away by the level of playing that so many of the kids are achieving. Today, I was chatting with one violinist about Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour theory (that you need to put in 10,000 hours to achieve mastery of something). She actually worked out her own hours, and found that she is only about 3,500 shy! These kids have all put in a great deal of effort; and it shows.

Today, I brought the junior apprentices to a local nursing home to play a concert. No masterclasses this evening – thus they had a bit of time off – not at all usual. Jen had overnighted a care package with a board game, which the lads just finished playing. Big success, Jen!

Tomorrow is a double whammy of institute concerts, in which all of the kids will be playing.

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