Congratulations! What pieces will you play?
I think it’s nice for the other harpist that she plays another instrument, because then she can also play the pieces with one harp.
And yes, you should know the piece 100%. If possible, listen to recordings and play along with it. When I was in youth orchestra, I didn’t know the piece 100% and I was very embarrassed during rehearsals. Now I’m replacing in professional orchestras and I’m always preparing the piece very well, no matter how simple it is! In fact, the easier the piece, the more difficult the rehearsals, as one is intended to pay less attention to the easy piece!
Well done. It a great achievement to be in an orchestra. I am in a chamber orchestra for school.
No you don’t need to know by heart, but you should be able to play it a bit. Don’t feel nervous. Just make sure you establish what can and cant play to the conductor. Like I didn’t do this so my conductor ended up giving me Ravel Introduction and Allegro. I saw the music and i nearly fainted. I went to music teacher and she had to tell her that i couldn’t play that. I am playing a suite called the sekles and it not that hard.
But good luck and i hope you do well.
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