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September 12, 2011

all the way from chicago

You may have noticed that we have been fortunate enough to welcome many new members to LACO’s administrative team over the past several weeks. We are so excited to introduce these new people to you, and invite you to get to know them all better throughout the course of the season.

The most recent addition to our office is Sarah Singer, who joined us on September 6, having just moved to LA from Chicago. She joins us with some wonderful experience, and we are so pleased to have her on board. Here is Sarah, in her own words, to say hello:

I have very fond memories of my first experience playing in a real orchestra, and I use the term “real” very loosely. In the 6th grade, I was invited to be a part of an after school group that was not just string students, but also band members who came together to form the junior high “Honors Orchestra.” I was both delighted to be talented enough to join the group at this young age, but also scared that I would be behind the curve in terms of technical skill.

As I sat in a sea of violinists, staring at music with more sharps and flats than I had ever seen, I was given a piece of very sound advice by the orchestra director: “Fake it ‘til you make it.” Frantically trying to keep up with those who were more experienced than me, this little piece of advice got me through that first rehearsal. As I began to learn and practice the music it also sunk in that with a little hard work and persistence I would actually be able to play this music and not just “fake it.”

This was just one of the many life lessons I learned playing in an orchestra, and has been applicable in many circumstances since the 6th grade. I knew that moving to Los Angeles from Chicago was going to be a challenge and that I was going to feel that same “in over my head” feeling with almost every new experience here. I have past experience working in development at an orchestra, but it’s never easy being the new girl. Having a wonderful welcome from all of my new colleagues has reassured me that though I don’t yet know how to transfer a phone call or run a donor giving report, with a little time and effort I soon will. I am so thankful to have the privilege of working with like-minded music lovers every day and am so excited to be a part of this wonderful organization. I can’t wait for the chance meet musicians and patrons at the first concert in a few weeks and to again participate in some small way in the creation of great classical music.

- Sarah

For more information about her background, please read her full bio.

Welcome, Sarah! We are so happy to have you!

1 comment

I love the statement "fake it till you make it". I need to remember that!

  • —Amy, September 12, 2011 08:14 pm

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