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August 22, 2011
I was surprised that I was allowed into the university orchestra. The rehearsals really challenged my ability to understand spoken German in a crowded room – I was used to a one-on-one exchange, not group dialogue and conversation. I had never studied the special musical vocabulary; why would it come up in German 301? I didn’t realize it then, but I relied heavily on the visual cues from the conductor and the other musicians to figure out what was going on. And whoever I was sitting next to, sharing a music stand with. It was challenging and exhilarating – I loved it.