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Written by Abby Wolterstorff, Class of 2021

Photography and videography by Adrian Van Stee, Class of 2019

Remember the concerts you have been to — you probably listened to the violins and how their melodies fit in with the melodies of the cellos and the harmonies of the second violins and violas. And how the players of these instruments seemed like professionals.

But rewind about two months and you have a bunch of high school kids trying to bring their parts to life. Most likely it does not sound the same.

I am Abby Wolterstorff and this is my Timothy Story.

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I have been in orchestra for about 6 years now. I started my journey playing violin when I was in 5th grade. I always knew joining orchestra was something that I was interested in, and when the chance to play the violin came, I took it.

Ever since then, it has been a whirlwind of squeaky strings and wrong notes, but I have made progress every year.

People who have never been a part of a group like orchestra, band, or choir do not realize the work and dedication it takes to learn and perfect rhythms and notes. On top of that, each section has to work together to produce the right dynamics, have the same bowings, and fit their parts together in perfect harmony. But these things put together can create something beautiful.

To learn pieces of music takes hours of practice. I’m not a first chair, and I’m not even close to being the best in the orchestra, but my part still matters, and so does my participation. Just like if you are on basketball, volleyball or any other team, you are able to better your team by practicing. The same goes for orchestra: if you want to help your team, you have to practice and be dedicated.

I was nervous going into orchestra as a freshman because I knew I would have to play with students who were very advanced. It scared me. However, I was welcomed by Mrs. Fox and the upperclassmen with open arms and they showed me God’s love.

In orchestra, Mrs. Fox teaches us to use our music to glorify God. “I want music to bring joy, and joy soothes a difficult day,” Mrs. Fox explained. “I also want to have musical choices be uplifting and encouraging to the students. By doing this I can be an “instrument” of Jesus that leads my students towards Him.” The orchestra students also take turns doing devotions every Friday. Mrs. Fox encourages us to do this because she wants us to “start off our day with God and I want students to be able to share their hearts.”

Orchestra has changed me for the better. I am now able to use music to praise God and bring joy to others, and that is the best gift to have.

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