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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

To play, or not to play

A friend called today to tell me about this page. I believe I could pass auditions such as these. My concern is about schedule.

When I lived near Chattanooga, my father, sister and I were all members of the Chattanooga Symphony, under the direction of first Vahktang Jordania, then Bob Bernhardt. (Someone check my spelling, please.) I played with them for ten years, mostly as a section Violin II player, but occasionally as a Violin I. The CSO frequently had performances on Friday nights, during the Sabbath hours, but we were not hired for those performances, partly because those performances were in a hall with a slightly smaller stage, and partly because the personnel manager was a good man who respected our religious beliefs and took care of us.

Since moving away from the area I have assumed that most symphonies, community, professional or otherwise, would have Sabbath hours schedule conflicts, and so I have not actively sought membership in any symphony. But as I look at the site mentioned above, I realize that I've been missing symphonic repertoire for nearly a decade, and I wonder whether, somewhere nearby, there's an ensemble that does not have regular Friday night or Saturday performances or rehearsals.


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