Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 1, 2013
When Tamara McAllister decided to join the University Community Orchestra a few years ago, more than two decades after she stopped playing her viola, she thought she might be too old.
"I was concerned at first I'd be the oldest one there," said McAllister, now 51.
She needn't have worried. One of the violinists is nearly twice her age.
The orchestra of 130 includes musicians of all skill levels and experience, teenage University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students earning college credit, middle-age folks who love the camaraderie and retirees seeking a way to stay active.
A graduate student intending to become a professional musician might sit next to someone whose instrument sat in the attic since the Eisenhower administration. A music education major studying to become a high school music teacher might share a stand with someone who just had a hip replaced.
It doesn't matter — all are welcome.
Bonded by their shared love of music, the University Community Orchestra meets at Bader Music Hall on the UWM campus once a week to rehearse for 21/2 hours for a concert at the end of the semester. There are no auditions, only a $99 fee for the 10-week semester for community members, tuition for UWM students. They meet in the fall, spring and summer...
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