I faced many challenges, allies, and enemies.
One of the challenges was learning the music as fast as possible. I was only given less than three weeks to learn around 5 new pieces! Some of the pieces, like Candle on the Water, Beauty and the Beast, and Brandenburg Concerto #4 needed more attention than the others. This was because they were technically harder—they were packed with fast notes and dynamics.
One of my allies was Mrs. Compton, who provided me with support and knowlage about the orchestra. The acoustics in the churches were another ally. A piece played in an Italian church would sound ten times better than the same piece played in an American church.
The enemies I had to face were time and time management. I there were only a certain amount of hours in a day, so I had to learn how to manage my time better. I also had to decide which pieces needed more time and effort.
At one point, I felt like I was never going to sucessfully play with the orchestra.
After the first rehearsal (which had gone terribly on my part), I was disappointed, because I wasn’t good at recovering when I made a mistake. It was my first time playing with the Italy orchestra, so I didn’t know what to expect. My family didn’t give me much encouragement either: They had just told me to do better and work harder. It seemed like I was never going to get my pieces together.