The Trouble with Orchestra festivals....
Being in eighth grade, and eligible for the PMEA District orchestra festival for 7th and eighth graders, this is my second year participating. Last year's music was a fun challenge. It was very delightful. I was very excited to participate again, but to my surprise: this year's guest conductor chose music that is so easy that an elementary school could play it. And since I'm an upright bass player, I know some hard parts are hard to come by in these festivals because all of the otehr parts are difficult usually and just leaving the oompa loompas (that's what I call easy rhythms on that only have two steady notes for many measures straight) for the bass players, but that's not the case. I looked at all the parts and they are so easy that it makes me cringe. Where did the challenge go in these orchestra festivals?
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