Orchestra and a Busy Life

I’m proud to say I am now part of the University of Waterloo Orchestra, percussion section. Timpani would appear to be the most prevalent piece of percussion in orchestral music and I have the part for our major piece.

The range of music that we are able to play is far greater than in high school, thanks to the inclusion of a strings section. I was able to listen to the two pieces we have thus far and I have to say, it’s a whole new ball-game. In high school, you’ll run across a nice piece every so often. But with a full orchestra, everything from Mozart to Beethoven to Vivaldi (or even interesting modern works) is within the repertoire. I want to go to rehearsals, because I want to hear us improve, which is more than I could say for most times in high school.

But speaking of orchestra and extracurricular activities, I’m finding myself with very little time in the evenings. Mondays and Wednesdays, I’m at the gym for a couple hours. After making some food and eating, it’s just about time for bed. Tuesdays, I have class from 5:30pm to 10pm. That entire evening is written off. And now with orchestra, I have rehearsal from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, which also takes a huge chunk of time, not to mention the time required to learn the part. Add in time for PDEng 45 (shudder) and work outside class for BU121W and it’s a full schedule.

I had been planning on putting a big chunk of my evenings towards web development, but that doesn’t seem so likely now. I barely have time to keep up with posting here. I have so many topics to write about, but it’s hard to even take 30 minutes to write up something quick that doesn’t require a lot of research.

I mean I’m writing this during the idle times in my business class.


9 Replies to “Orchestra and a Busy Life”

  1. I’m exactly the same way, and now with a lack of Internet in the place I’m living at, it’s even harder. There just never is enough time during the week. I’ve been meaning to get off my ass and stop using a WordPress template, but that will come in time…

  2. It’s busy, but I think I like it that way – I’d rather be bustling around in activity than sitting around, probably in front my computer anyways. Plus, I’ll be in the best shape of my life in no time.

  3. I know I prefer to be busy, that’s why I started taking voice lessons to prepare for a semester end full length concert and joined a chamber orchestra as well! So what pieces are you playing?

  4. We’re still trying to decide between Wagner’s Tannhauser and Rienzi Overtures. I personally prefer the Tannhauser, but I have a far better part for the Rienzi. Still, gotta think of the wants of the orchestra more than the wants of myself – I think there a lot of people who are leaning towards the Rienzi because it’s easier.

    Our big piece is Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony. I’m playing timpani for that piece and I absolutely love it. I’ve been listening to it so much, when I went to sleep last night, I thought I had my headphones on – I could still hear it playing in my mind.

    There’s a third piece, some movement of a concerto, yet to be decided.

  5. Sheesh, I’m tired just reading your schedule! I don’t know how you musicians do it; I was always in awe of my friends who were in band. I love classical music but I just don’t have the discipline to make music myself.

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