While I was not a music major in college, I have played the viola on and off since about 5 grade. After a long break a very long break, I found myself wanting to play again, so I figured out who our strings teacher was on campus and called her up. I think it's been about 10 years now since I started up again. (No, I'm not "good".) I take lessons once a week and play with the community orchestra. It's a just a thing where I am challenged... and I really just enjoy playing. And it's funny, so many of the things that I say to my students about challenges and persistence, I find with myself and my playing. This year was a good example, I was really frustrated and feeling like I "sucked" because the music was so hard and yet, today I am able to keep up and even play a lot of the parts pretty well. Not great but pretty decent. I have improved! Playing wasn't enjoyable for the first few weeks this year and now I am really looking forward to the concert. Persistence! It does pay off - if you just hang in there. (Yes, my own words come back to haunt me many many times!)
And this building! Isn't it spectacular!? This is the music building on campus where I work. I think it is one of the coolest places around. (The band room, where we hold rehearsals for orchestra, isn't anywhere near as cool as the choir room so I didn't even take a picture of it.) It's a fun place to wander around - always very musical and sometimes very serene. And the stain glass - it's from the original music building. I love the marrying of the old and the new. They do a good job of that around here.