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Monday, March 09, 2009

Proud

Bria has been playing the violin for about 5 years now, and she does it well. Just not in front of other people. Historically, her recitals have been absolute disasters where she flat refuses to play, keeps skipping her turn and promising that she'll go next, but never making good on the promise, or playing only if her teacher plays along with her.

When we moved up here, we found the Southern Utah String Festival. If you participate in it for three consecutive years, and if you earn a superior each of those years, you get a trophy. The coveted Gold Cup.

That possiblity is the only thing that has motivated Bria to participate in the Festival. She really wants that trophy.

The first year, she earned a Superior rating. She was nervous, but Joel's mom was here and had an amazing calming influence on her and she did wonderfully.

The second year, she earned a Superior rating, though one of the three judges did give her an Excellent. It still counted for Gold Cup points. She was really nervous and her bow was kind of slipping everywhere because she was looking at me (accompanying her on the piano) as if I could somehow save her from the situation. I was very worried about the outcome, but was happy we had two judges who realized how much her nerves played into her performance.

Saturday was her third time to participate. I ended up not going down to St. George that morning because there was a major blizzard and tons of snow and I was just not going to drive in it, so we practiced a lot that morning. Her practice session was less than stellar and that's all I'll say about that.

Once we arrived at the Festival, I was really impressed with her ability to stay calm and collected. She was originally slated 4th in her session, but the first two had various problems and she was suddenly made to go 2nd. She normally freaks out about any change in schedule like that, but she was fine. Came right up, introduced herself (a bit quietly, but very brave for her) and played practically perfectly. She didn't have a single intonation issue. She didn't have a single memory lapse. She had beautiful tone. She even did a lot of phrasing and dynamics, which very few kids her age managed to do.

Since I was tabulating that session (not judging yet...that was a little later, and went fine), I got to see all the judging sheets and write the final rating. Bria was the only one in her session of ten players to get straight Superior ratings. Plus, some lady I don't know came up to her afterward and told her she was without a doubt the best in the session. Joel said she finally played up to "Dr. Neves standards" in a public performance. Most of all, Bria was very happy with how she did and of course, thrilled that she finally earned the coveted Gold Cup Prize. I wish I had a video or even a photo, but that wasn't allowed at the festival.

And that's my mommy bragging story for the month.

You're welcome.

32 comments :

  1. Congratulations, Bria!

    I, too, have a musician. My oldest, Brenham, plays Clarinet and sings (Baritone) in his high school band and choir. He attends the UIL contests each year. He has earned Superior ratings each time he has sang solos since he was in 7th grade. On Clarinet, he has earned Superiors all times on solo and this year earned an Excellent in a trio. It makes a mom so proud. So, I know how you feel.

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  2. Awesome job, Miss Bria! Not only on the solo, but on how well you handled the change in schedule and your nerves! So proud of you!

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  3. That is so GREAT. She deserves it, with all of that time practicing and hard work. Congratulations!!! Tell her Angela's mom said way to go!

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  4. Those really are great moments. I remember my boys, when they were younger, freaking out at piano competitions. It gets contagious! Congrats to Bria.

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  5. Sorry, my son hadn't logged out. :)

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  6. Congratulations Bria!! That is wonderful! It is nerve wracking to get up in front of people in any situation but to get up and play and instrument and remember all the notes and play them perfectly? You go girl!!

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  7. congratulations! whata brave and talented little girl she is!

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  8. That's wonderful!!! Congratulations, Bria!

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  9. Congrats to Bria! What an amazing achievement.

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  10. That's so awesome when you have a child that excells in something that they have talent in - and especially by all of the hard work that's involved! Good job, everyone!
    :~D

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  11. I am very proud of her! It is hard to get up and be center of attention and to know you are also being judged the entire time. It would have to be a little nerve racking!

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  12. Congrats Bria! I know you are so proud! Too precious!

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  13. We've got a similar program up here for piano. We've got a few gold cups so far. It's always nerve-wracking, but it's so great to see the trophy and have them feel validated for all their work.

    Congrats to Bria!

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  14. I thinks she deserves a cold frosty one after that (in the cup -- root bear of course).

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  15. congrats bria!

    i've always wanted to learn the violin.

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  16. Good for you Bria! Awesome job! I want to see the trophy next time I come over.

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  17. That is so awesome! I took violin lessons (as an adult) so I know how incredibly difficult an instrument it is. So many things to do at once, so much fine motor planning! Does this mean she wins a cup or is in the competition to win it?

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  18. Congratulations that is awesome!!

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  19. Awesome! It must have been that AMAZING teacher who very first started her :)

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  20. Talk about fantastic. Go Bria!

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  21. Nice work Bria!! And Lara--you have EVREY to be a proud mommy!!

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  22. What a sweetie you have there. She is so poised and ready to go. Great job Bria. Way to go and do your best.

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  23. Congrats Bria!!!!!
    You should be a proud mom.

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  24. That is so awesome that she was able to calm and steady herself. I play piano, but not publicly. I just get so nervous. I could not handle recitals. I feel her aniexty about that. It is amazing to me that she overcame it. Too cool.

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  25. That is amazing! Congratulations, Bria! That is awesome! What a great mommy you are, Lara!

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  26. You definitely have bragging rights! What an awesome story.

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  27. All I can say is Bravo Bria...what a brave and talented girl you are !

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  28. Yaaay!! Way to go Bria! Up to Dr. Neves standards! (joel-don't ever tell her that)

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  29. Wonderful!!! I think that I get more nervous than Ryanna. In fact, I KNOW I get more nervous because she doesn't get nervous at all. I wish I had that talent. I hope it stays that way. What did she play by the way?

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  30. Brag on Mama! That is real progress, I remember the Primary talent show. It's amazing how much growing up does to our little ones. Congratulations to Bria!

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