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 Bringing Orchestra to the Social Masses 
Kristi Seehafer, first violinist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, started playing the violin in the fourth grade.The reason she picked up the instrument in the first place was out of grumbling necessity: She had to get her own because her brother wouldn’t let her touch his.
What began as sibling rivalry gave way to full-blown wonder and then, once she was older, to the discovery of her life’s calling, after she fell under the spell of a performance in her hometown by the Milwaukee Symphony. It was a night she remembers that something clicked, “and I knew I had to play in an orchestra.”
Her telling of that story is captured in a YouTube video clip. That it’s posted to the orchestra’s Tumblr page is revelatory. Physically, symphony orchestras perform at a considerable distance from their audiences, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra is no different. Its home is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which includes a 30,000-square-foot concert hall. Given that size, it’s not an easy task to foster a close bond between performer and listener.

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Bringing Orchestra to the Social Masses

Kristi Seehafer, first violinist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, started playing the violin in the fourth grade.The reason she picked up the instrument in the first place was out of grumbling necessity: She had to get her own because her brother wouldn’t let her touch his.

What began as sibling rivalry gave way to full-blown wonder and then, once she was older, to the discovery of her life’s calling, after she fell under the spell of a performance in her hometown by the Milwaukee Symphony. It was a night she remembers that something clicked, “and I knew I had to play in an orchestra.”

Her telling of that story is captured in a YouTube video clip. That it’s posted to the orchestra’s Tumblr page is revelatory. Physically, symphony orchestras perform at a considerable distance from their audiences, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra is no different. Its home is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which includes a 30,000-square-foot concert hall. Given that size, it’s not an easy task to foster a close bond between performer and listener.

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Proof that nobody’s ever safe around @nvanreece - here she gets an iPad video of @nashvillesymphony CEO Alan Valentine running up the front steps for a TV spot - just in the nick of time! (Taken with Instagram at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Proof that nobody’s ever safe around @nvanreece - here she gets an iPad video of @nashvillesymphony CEO Alan Valentine running up the front steps for a TV spot - just in the nick of time! (Taken with Instagram at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Making some calls #tcb (Taken with Instagram at Pottery Barn Kids)

Making some calls #tcb (Taken with Instagram at Pottery Barn Kids)

A handmade ceramic #ocarina that my student brought me from China!  one of the coolest gifts I have ever gotten. (Taken with Instagram)

A handmade ceramic #ocarina that my student brought me from China! one of the coolest gifts I have ever gotten. (Taken with Instagram)

Daddy daughter date (Taken with Instagram at Sweet CeCe’s)

Daddy daughter date (Taken with Instagram at Sweet CeCe’s)

"I want everything!" (Taken with Instagram at Sweet CeCe’s)

"I want everything!" (Taken with Instagram at Sweet CeCe’s)

Sunset on a ball field (Taken with Instagram at McMurray Middle School)

Sunset on a ball field (Taken with Instagram at McMurray Middle School)

A serious day on the job. (Taken with Instagram at The Tracking Room Studio)

A serious day on the job. (Taken with Instagram at The Tracking Room Studio)

Hiding under pillows #latergram  (Taken with Instagram)

Hiding under pillows #latergram (Taken with Instagram)

Gonna play into this for 9 hours today. (Taken with Instagram at Sound Kitchen Studios)

Gonna play into this for 9 hours today. (Taken with Instagram at Sound Kitchen Studios)