Today was a big day. The first major event was the Prestige Music Festival. Not only was this my first Prestige Music Festival event, but it was also the first time I've had a school group (of more than 3) perform in a competition. I find school performances nerve-wracking enough, but this is huge.
Well, as it turned out, it wasn't as huge as I expected. From the masses of people - parents, kids, and siblings - in the foyer, I thought it would be a packed auditorium. But once you had performed, you could go - so about half of the 30 or so people in the audience (when we performed) were supporting my kids. I'm very proud of them - not only did they do their regular trick of not being able to keep it together until the last rehearsal, and then stay beautifully together in performance, but they also scored a silver (not that they came 2nd, really, as there are no 1sts etc, but more like a B). I knew they wouldn't get a gold - because we were still trying to get from beginning to end all together, we hadn't done too much on dynamics or bowings. Now that I have a bit more awareness of what goes on in these festivals, I feel I could do a better job with them next year.
As it was my first year, they gave me a little present: