Farrell, who studied at the Indiana University School of Music and has been seventh violist in the Louisville Orchestra for a year, said she tried out for the position in the spirit of self-motivation. "I took the audition to sort of start practicing again," she said, "and to get my fingers in shape. I had no intentions of winning the job."
In spite of an audition that Farrell felt was not her best work, she got the position, and is excited about the prospect of playing with the SLSO, which she will join in the fall.
"[It's] pretty intimidating, especially when I'm going to be the youngest player in the section," Farrell said. "It's hard to assert authority with some people who have so much more experience than I have. So I hope it will be a cooperative effort.... I hope I can just slide in there and there won't be any great upheavals."