William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: A summer camp in Binghamton NY

Another story that may make you smile

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story that may be common in a musician's development.

Released on June 15, 2022

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I was at a summer camp in Binghamton NY with the Lenox Quartet. I was place as 2nd violinist in a piano quintet which meant to me this meant that I was the worst violinists there. Finally I was put in a Beethoven string trio, which I thought was a big step up. We played in class and a student said: "You know Bill I can see that you love the music, it shows in your facial expressions and your gestures. My problem though is that I can't hear it!" I was stunned and for the next 20 minutes or so the comments just got worse. After the class my coach put his arm around me and said: "Don't take it so hard. When I was at Juilliard I didn't know how to turn a phrase either!" And the knife that was in my back went even deeper.
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Eugenie Van Zyl * VSM MEMBER * on June 15, 2022 @4:57 am PST
I personally believe all those other musicians were just jealous of you!
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