Personal Narrative: Pursuing A Violin As A Career

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Do I really want to do the violin as a career? Do I love the violin so much that I want to spend the rest of my life with it? These questions pondered in my mind as I looked out the window in my dad's car on the way to the Heifetz Summer Music Institute. Since I am 15 yrs old and going to college soon (time flies fast), I realized I really needed to think about what I might want to do as an adult. So during the summer, I went to Heifetz to spend time with other great string musicians and teachers, practice a lot of violin, and really understand what path I should take.

When I arrived at Heifetz Summer Institute, I realized something: I'm going to be away from my family for six weeks! This realization made me feel unsettled, but I knew I needed to come and seek a glimpse of my promise as a violinist. I went to the rather bare-bone dorm, and met a handful of string musicians similar to me. They were all normal people from around the world, and we all shared a common thing: our love for music. When introducing ourselves, we all said where we were from and what school/teacher we're studying from. When I told Amber, a girl from Taiwan, about where I'm from,

"You go to Juilliard!?" exclaimed Amber, who was staring at me with wide eyes and an open mouth

"Yes, I've been going
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With everyone practicing all the time at Heifetz, this motivated me to vigorously practice as well. As the first week passed, I was given the opportunity to perform the 3rd movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and also that same week to perform a piece with my chamber group. With the concert looming, I practiced a solid number of hours to make it great for my colleagues and for the audience. My appreciation of music also increased with listening to my friends every day at concerts, and having a huge exposure to music every day made me truly happy to be able to have this

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