Sarah Lysne: The Joy of Playing in an Orchestra Part II – Austin Daily Herald

Sarah Lysne: The Joy of Playing in an Orchestra Part II

Posted 5:05 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022

This column is a continuation of last week.

“Your fingernails are too long!” But, Mr. Briceland was a problem solver. He took a nail clipper out of his pocket and started cutting all the nails on my left hand! My classmates watched in disbelief as the tips of my light blue painted nails fell to the floor with each click of the clippers. My friends had always told me that I had the best nails in the whole class, and I was proud of it. Every week I would file and paint them. Now the nails on my left hand looked horrible, but I was able to play a string instrument!

I chose to play the viola, and I played it until I graduated from high school. I liked to play in an orchestra. Each instrument has a unique sound. Even today, when I hear the Austin Symphony Orchestra play a familiar piece, I can spot the alto part.

Playing in an orchestra gave me a deep appreciation for classical music.

Sometimes I wish I had continued to play. The truth is that I didn’t like to practice alone.

On the other hand, I have beautiful nails again! I take a lot of supplements so they grow pretty fast. My mom gives me a professional manicure once a month. I have an assortment of nail polish options to choose from, but I’m missing one of my favorite nail polish colors. You guessed it, light blue.

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