Iâ€™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, itâ€™s a whole new ball-game. In high school, youâ€™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, Iâ€™m finding myself with very little time in the evenings. Mondays and Wednesdays, Iâ€™m at the gym for a couple hours. After making some food and eating, itâ€™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 itâ€™s a full schedule.
I had been planning on putting a big chunk of my evenings towards web development, but that doesnâ€™t seem so likely now. I barely have time to keep up with posting here. I have so many topics to write about, but itâ€™s hard to even take 30 minutes to write up something quick that doesnâ€™t require a lot of research.
I mean Iâ€™m writing this during the idle times in my business class.