MARSHALL - When it came to an important orchestra audition, Nicolette Lecy gave herself a bit of a challenge.
Lecy, a freshman at Marshall High School, was selected to be a member of the Minnesota Middle Level Honors Orchestra, earning a seat in the Violin 1 section.
Music has always been fun for her, Lecy said, playing in concerts, learning new music. At first, she said, she thought it would be just a hobby.
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Nicolette Lecy was recently chosen to be a member of the Minnesota Middle Level Honors Orchestra, earning a chair in the Violin 1 section.
"I choose it more as a future goal," she said.
Lecy decided to go into orchestra after Diane Wright, retired middle school orchestra instructor, visited the third-grade classrooms, telling the students about it.
"That got me really interested in it," Lecy said.
Lecy's instrument of choice was the violin. Before taking on the violin, Lecy played the guitar.
"I started the summer before fourth grade and started taking private lessons in the fifth grade," Lecy said.
Lecy also joined the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra this past fall.
"I think it's fun to work with people who have had more experience with orchestra and harder music," Lecy said.
For the audition into the Honors Orchestra, Lecy was required to play two scales, an excerpt selected by the Honors Orchestra and one that she chose herself. The two musical pieces she used for her audition were Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi, chosen by the Honors Orchestra, and "Gavotte" by Jean-Philippe Rameau, which she selected.
Lecy said she started learning the Rameau piece especially for the audition, as she was recommended to try something a little harder.
"It was a big leap for me," she said.
Sending in the audition pieces was simple, Lecy said.
"You do the recording and them load them (the Mp3s) onto the website," Lecy said.
But getting the audition "just right" wasn't as simple.
Wright is also Lecy's private violin instructor. Lecy said Wright helped her go through her audition piece on a weekly basis. She would have Wright listen to the recordings she made and then Wright would tell her what to fix.
"She helped me so much through all this," Lecy said.
Lecy said she had to record the audition piece over and over again until she got it perfect. She would rehearse her pieces three to four hours at a time.
"At the end, I had 90 different tracks," Lecy said. "(It was) a lot of late nights, especially with homework and all."
Wright said being selected to the Honors Orchestra is like "all-state orchestra for the middle level."
"She (Lecy) is a very, very, very hard worker and she deserves this so much...we're just so proud of her," Wright said.
Lecy is also appreciative of the support she's received from her other orchestra instructors, including Wes Myers and Caroline Przymus.
On Jan. 13, Lecy learned she was chosen to be in the Honors Orchestra.
"I was really happy," Lecy said about learning that she made it into the Honors Orchestra. "Then I found out I made first section, then I was really surprised and happy."
On Friday, Feb. 17, Lecy will go to the Twin Cities for an all-day rehearsal with the Honors Orchestra. The Middle Honors Orchestra will be in concert the next day at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Even if she didn't make it into the Honors Orchestra, Lecy said she gained more experience.
"I still felt I was a better musician with the trial and errorjust the success makes it a little bit sweeter," Lecy said.