|Tami Lee Hughes|
The object was to blindly fall backward and trust a friend to catch you. As the oldest and biggest child in the group, I was designated to catch first. I stood behind the little girl who lived next door and prepared to break her fall. As she turned her back to me, she looked behind her to be sure I was ready. She saw two strong and sturdy arms extended in anticipation. Fully assured I would catch her, she fell gracefully into my arms. We immediately switched places. With my back turned to her, I looked behind me to check her position. Instead of seeing two strong arms, however, I saw two puny arms unfolded from a small frame. I thought to myself, ‘Are you kidding me? She couldn’t catch a feather! I’m going to hit the ground hard!’ I turned around and took a deep breath. ‘I’ll count to three,’ I thought, ‘and then I’ll do it.’
Ok . . . here we go . . . 1. . . 2 . . . “Wait!” I shouted. “Are you sure you’re ready?”
“Yes! I’m ready!”
Alright . . . I can do this . . . 1. . . 2 . . . 2 ½ . . . “Did you hear my mom call me?” I asked. “I thought I heard something!”
“No! Now hurry up and fall back!”
Deep breath . . . 1. . . 2 . . . 2 ½ . . . 2 ¾ . . . “Ah man! I need to go to the bathroom and it’s an emergency!” I took off running, leaving the trust game far behind. I learned an important lesson that day: Trust is a matter of life and death.
The orchestra really thrives because of trust. Maestra Alsop has full trust, confidence, and respect for the players. She knows that every musician will play the right note at the right time and commit to the inspiration she provides. The players, in turn, trust Maestra Alsop. They have faith in her judgment on musical matters great and small and hold her artistic vision in high esteem. In addition, the players trust each other. Each player depends on others in his or her section, and in other sections, for melodic support. With trust as a cornerstone, the BSO’s success is not a reflection of individual expertise, but of genuine cooperation and teamwork.
-Tami Lee Hughes, December 2012