My name is Hannah MacNeal. I am a student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying viola performance.
I have been playing viola for about ten years of my life now. It is my passion, I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. My dream job is to be in a professional orchestra and teaching private lessons. I would not only love to play, but I would also love to share my passion by teaching other people how to play.
However, there are a few barriers that I have to get over before I can achieve these goals. I have been practicing several hours a day, bettering myself as a musician, and plan on doing so until I achieve these goals. In addition to this, another huge aspect to playing an instrument professionally is what instrument you play on. Professional orchestras are not only accepting you, the player, but they are also accepting the instrument. The instrument that the professional plays on has to fit in with the rest of the section. These instruments typically run from $15,000 to $20,000 due to better sound quality, how the instrument is made, and what materials make up the instrument.
I have been playing on the same instrument now for about 3 years. Itis a very reliable instrument for an intermediate student, and has been a great instrument for getting me into college. However, I am now at the point where I need to start looking into moving on to the next step and buying a professional viola. I will start taking auditions for professional jobs in about two years. In this amount of time, I need to obtain a professional viola and become comfortable playing on it. The latter step is a very important aspect in this journey. If I become comfortable playing on my instrument, then I will be able to obtain a job.
The funds from this campaign will help me purchase a professional, quality viola. I would not be able to afford such an instrument without a campaign such as this. Obtaining these funds and purchasing a viola would mean that I would be able to accomplish my dreams as a professional violist. I would strive to better myself every single day and share my joy and love for music with other people, everywhere I go.
I would be extremely grateful for all the help and support.
Thank You So Much!
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