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He stopped everything, paused, looked at me and goes, "Oboe, give the girl an A" gave me what I felt was a smug look, and made me tune up in front of everyone. I actually started to cry a little bit. Ridiculous in hindsight, but there were like 100 members of the chorus in addition to the orchestra and I was so humiliated.
Omg, that is terrible. Just reading about it makes me wanna hide under a blanket.
I had told our regular conductor that I would be about half an hour late. … He stopped everything, paused, looked at me and goes, "Oboe, give the girl an A" gave me what I felt was a smug look, and made me tune up in front of everyone. I actually started to cry a little bit.
Wow! He's the meanest mean hayena in the whole wide world! If I were you, I probably couldn't even perform! I'm sorry that you have to take his unkind attitude!
He's since passed away. This is him, this is pretty much where I was sitting and how far away I was, and this is the look:
Actually makes me a little nervous just looking at this.
I remember when I had a concert on the day of Halloween, so our conductor told us to wear our costumes, and MY stand partner decides to be a bumblebee with her wings floating everywhere. So midway through the on an up bow, I bowed so hard it hit her wing and her wing, I guess it fell off and it hit the player in the back. Our conductor was pretty upset. She let us to wear our costumes for the Halloween concerts anymore…
That's funny and very appropriate for this time of the year.
Welcome to the forum Vicente.
We actually just started an Introduce Yourself forum here in case you feel like posting an introduction.
I joined a lovely forum to help learn the violin, then post with great excitement when I was unexpectedly lent a friends violin to practice.
Only to have to post the very next day saying I had broken it
I know I did loads of embarrassing things at school, I must have done because I was always having the mickey taken. But I have blanked them all from my memory
I love the idea of you spinning your violin round FM you big show off!
My third attempt to learn to play was in Jr High School. We were supposed to play a piece from the Sound of Music, and because of my lack of dedication to the violin and lack of practice, I wasn't ready for the concert. There were three of us who didn't know the piece and wanted to opt out from appearing in the concert.
We were not allowed to opt out, and were forced to either fail the course or pretend to play the piece without touching our strings with the bow. Shame on the children who didn't practice, but to humiliate a child, in front of the whole student body, I think was terrible. I didn't touch a violin again until I was sixty three years old.
Anyway that was my most embarrassing moment.
During one of my recitals a couple years back, I was standing a bit diagonally to the audience with the music stand a bit to my side to optimize sound projection. The back of my music stand was facing a window which was wide open and there with a bit of wind coming through. In middle of the piece I was playing, the edges of my sheet music started to catch the wind from the window. Do you know that feeling you get when the world goes into slow-mo right before you trip? Well that was what I felt like as a larger gust of wind made my music fly straight into my face… causing me to stop, the audience to gasp, and my piano accompany to burst out laughing. I almost wished that my music stayed stuck to my face
Not really m.k., your story is exactly what I want to hear right here on this thread. I never considered recitals and such. BTW, I wish I could have seen that. LOL
@BCShalom – don't you wish you could redo it? If we knew then what we know now right?
OK. This was my embarrassing moment. I was playing the slide trombone in my High School band. I don't remember what the piece was but we were on stage in tightly packed chairs. more tightly packed than we practiced with. In the piece we had to sway from side to side with the music and with a big slide trombone, all of us had to lift the slide up between the players in fromt of us. Can you see where I am going with this??? This was in the 80's with big hair. As I went from side to side, the spit valve at the bottom of my slide caught the big head of hair in from of me and we couldn't get free. We managed to get through the piece and and quickly get free before the next piece. Everyone in our section had to keep from laughing. Her hair was all over the place
I don't think the conductor liked it.
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