It's 4am in the morning! What's in sight? I can see all of our juniors sound asleep..getting themselves recharged and ready for their big day! They are really tired...Having been through intensive trainings and a roller coaster of emotions - tears, joy, anger, satisfaction, disappointment - over the past few weeks, this 'once-thought-impossible' batch of members has certainly grew from strength to strength and matured as a CO.
'Oh my gosh? What is this?! Is this even an orchestra?..' The humble senior came back to PRSSCO and he got a shock of his life! Due to the fact that most of the juniors didn't know my identity at that point in time..I could clearly see all their ill-disciplined and mischievous acts..The conductor was absent and the kids were left running around as though they have found their long-lost freedom..I left with a heavy heart..with many questions racing through mind..awaiting for answers...spoke to a few seniors..spoke to the teachers..and i found answers.. It was a struggle..I didn't want to get myself involve with PRSSCO affairs but I just couldn't take things lying down..so after a few practices of observation..I initiated the first step..I approached the committee..and to my realisation..they were really a bunch of leaders who were still in their comfort zone..totally unaware of the situation..and i really wondered..how much does CO mean to them?.. The committee would definitely remember that day because i exchanged really harsh words with them..and we ended the meeting with all of them feeling guilty and really depressed..As much as they remembered that day..it was certainly the significant start to this SYF journey..
For some reason..the process was a memorable one..watching our juniors growing up and improving..is definitely one of the greatest satisfactions a senior can have! Even though I was really worried about them from the start..i deliberately chose not to go back too frequently..simple reason..the committee has to experience and handle difficult situations themselves..after all..they are the ones who lead the CO...and unsurprisingly..they didn't let me down...I could finally sense their passion for CO and their desire for PRSSCO to excel as a whole..CO became an important part of their life..so kudos to the committee! you people deserves the credit! Then again..it was a weird occurrence..Despite not knowing many of them, I found myself rather bonded to these group of juniors..As I witnessed their progress...I felt as though I am one of them..(and this explains why i am bloggin at 4am..cause i can't get to sleep!) Their determination, unity..and the beautiful music played..has revived my long-lost passion for chinese music..perhaps they will understand this feeling after they graduate from school.....nevertheless..I would like to say a big Thank You!..for being such wonderful juniors!..
Conclusion?..Gold?..Gold with Honours?..Nope..not Gold..not Gold with Honours as well..but ONE ORCHESTRA!..and UNITY is the reason why PRSSCO is the best! My dear juniors..as long as you stay focused..give ur best shot...irregardless of the results..every single one of us ( the seniors)..will give u the warmest round of applause, our fullest support right to the end! I wish you all the best for your BIG day! YOU CAN DO IT! (=
Regards, A humble senior.
P.S. ( what a lousy pw! i ish hax in worxx.... =x)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
“We know that the battle ahead will be long but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions...
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come...
For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations ... have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people...
Yes We Can.”
- President Barack Obama
As the clock ticks away ever closer to the SYF. You have had your doubts. Others have had their doubts. But you have proven everyone wrong. Every single hour of practice, never wasted. It seems only yesterday that you weren’t performing up to standards but now, look at yourselves.
The unitedness of the whole orchestra have helped previous generations into accomplishing their goals and dreams for the orchestra and it shall continue to inspire and motivate future generations. Standing together. Helping each other. These have been the qualities that prevented any obstacles from standing in the way of the Chinese Orchestra. This has always been the reason behind the adage: Attitude matters more than talent. Together all of you can do it; all of you can achieve that coveted award, The Gold with Honors.
Up to this point, where many may have already fallen, you still strive to perfect every single aspect of your performance. All of your hard work is commendable. Impressive in fact. With this same spirit, with less than 4 days to go, you will achieve what cynics have thought impossible. You will prove others wrong that although talent and skills are important, with the proper attitude, you can achieve your dreams and visions.
You have invested your best and in 4 days time you will be among the best and most commendable Chinese Orchestra out there.
From the seniors to the teachers, we believe that you will definitely do well in this year’s SYF.
PRSSCO You can do it!
We are all supporting you as you begin your final lapses in this upcoming battle!
All the best to everyone and may you reap the benefits of your undying hard work and effort.
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is the Video from the talk that I did with you guys during the camp. I hope that all of you are really inspire to change to become Mature STUDENTS!
Hope you guys well and continue to strive for excellence!