In early September, the 2014-15 Citizen Musician Fellows met for the first time. We had all been waiting for the beginning of the season and were eager to get started. It was clear to me that we were very excited to be there, and this led me to revisit a few questions I had been thinking about throughout the year: Why is it that I continue pursuing this tough and competitive career in classical music? Why does my desire to join an orchestra continue to grow, even when I hear about the financial troubles that orchestras are facing? Why do we do what we do?

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