Friday was my school orchestra's daytime concert, where we perform for the student body. The conductor started off the concert as any normal high school music teacher would: reminding the audience about proper concert etiquette. About ten minutes later the orchestra finished its second or third song (and the audience is extremely noisy), and when the conductor is ready to begin the next piece, someone throws something onto the stage (I later heard that it was a used piece of gum which bounced off of a cello). at that point the conductor turns about and says to the principal "I'm sorry, but we're going to have to stop the concert. someone just threw something on stage." He directed the orchestra to put their instruments away and the principal told all the teachers to return their students to the normal classes....and that was it. the concert ended. this plagued me all weekend. i'm a junior in high school and i've been planning on becoming a music teacher for quite some time. of course i had doubts and all but this was just a smack in the face. now i don't even know if i want to continue with that career choice. what's the point? i know that in my own school band only a handful of kids care at all, and so many more are disruptive and make jokes and mess around behind the teacher's back. but now for there to not be a meaningful audience? if no one cares, whether on or off the stage, then what's the point? yesterday i had a nice long private conversation with the conductor (he's also my music theory teacher and pretty much my overall musical role model) about what happened and about my thoughts. he was also disturbed by the event, and was pondering whether or not he made the right decision. his arguement was that he wouldn't subject the orchestra to that level and have them treated like circus animals. i respect him so much more for his reaction. but i don't know if he really calmed my worries about going into music education...and i've actually now been looking into other possible musical careers.....but so far i haven't found anything that really catches my interest. a sad day for music indeed.