Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Too proud?

I've mentioned that my children are musicians and that they are better, most likely, than I ever was or will be. Recently they participated in the New York State School Music Association(NYSSMA) evaluation festival. In summary this involves:

Participants in all categories prepare and perform a solo selected from the NYSSMA Manual, perform scales, and demonstrate sight reading from original music provided by NYSSMA at the audition. Each NYSSMA solo is preassigned a difficulty level from I (easiest) to VI (most difficult). Instrumental soloists also must play scales, the number of which are determined by difficulty level of the solo. Overall each participant is judged on seven categories, tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation, scales, and sight reading.

Both of my girls have been preparing for months. First up was Courtney, an 8th grade student, but attempting a Level VI (most difficult) cello solo. The judge's score came back at 100/100.

Amanda was next up a week later on the violin. She was in a special category of level VI that is the first step in being considered for All State honors. Her performance was also judged 100/100.

Can't get much better than that!


TriMOEngr said...

Hard not to be proud with such talented young ladies in your household. Congrats to them!

Mr26point2 said...

The spawn of a ROCKSTAR are destined to be ROCKSTARs themselves.

Unknown said...

well done!

Unknown said...

What an awesome score by the judges... especially in the highest category! You have much to be proud of.

Ewa said...

I can just imagine how proud you are.
Any chance of publishing a video clip of them playing? :)

Kate Geisen said...

That is wonderful! You have every right to be proud, both of their scores AND all the work that went into achieving them.

Michael said...

Wow that is absolutely amazing!!! I think you have a reason to be extremely proud. Congrats to your girls!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Speaking as a man who can't play a three-chord basic rock song for more than a minute without effing it up royally (and I mean just the chords, here), may I just say that I hate your children? I understand your pride - it's fully justified.


Just kidding.

In other news, tasked with getting a mere 9 outs for the team, the Phillies' bullpen came through again last night. Someone just keeps forgetting to tell them not to give up 8 runs before they get those outs.

I'm going to their game against the Padres this Sunday and I swear I'm bringing a giant sack and a string and I'm stuffing the whole bullpen in there and tying them up and dropping them in the Schuylkill River. Then I'm letting my 12-year-old son take over as long reliever. He certainly couldn't do worse.

There! That felt good!

Tell your Mets to gos sweep the Marlins. The Phils are shootin' for 4th this year! Aim for the stars!

Go Phils!

Unknown said...

Wow! Congrats to the kids! Bunch of over-achievers in your house (-:

Carolina John said...

Wow, that's fantastic! Great job kids.