Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Quartz Mountain

On June 13th I went to Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. The reason I went was to strengthen my skills on my viola and to grow as an artist. The camp was two weeks long! I was honored to be around such great artists. The people there were so talented! I can't believe I even got into the institute. Over 1,300 people tried out and only 260 made it in! All these students were there for different reasons. Such as, orchestra, choral, acting, creative writing, film and video, and photography. There were 92 orchestra kids and I was one of them. The music was so challenging! At the end of the first week, we had a concert that featured two movements composed by Jerod Tate, a fellow oklahoman. We also played the Scheherazade. I loved playing the Scheherazade. If you don't know the story behind the piece, then you need to look it up. It is such a cool story! The second week we played Symphonie Fantastique. That piece was so hard. This piece all by itself was about 40 minutes long. It was interesting playing the concerts in the PAC because it was so hot in there. By the end of the piece everyone including the conductor was dripping with sweat. *yuck* The first week was horrible. I was so homesick and i was struggling with my hypoglycemia. I was shaky and feeling like I was going to puke all the time. Being homesick didn't help with it either. I cried every morning of the first week. Before my roommates woke up, I would cry and get it over with. The first couple of days I wasn't eating very much because everytime I took a bite my throat would choke up because I was trying to hold back tears. But that Saturday and Sunday I got to see my mom and dad. That made me feel a lot better. The second week was better because I knew I would see my mom with in the same week. Also, I was more familiar with the routine and the food. Needless to say, the second week rocked! I would go back again, plus I have to go back because I promised my roommates that I would.


  1. I'm glad it all came together for you. It's so hard to be away from home when you aren't used to it! I'm betting the others were secretly crying as well! I'm proud that you were able to relax and enjoy the opportunity!!!!

  2. Actually my roommates were glad to be away from home and everybody was so happy to be there. :) HaHa oh, well