When Carrie Adams is not teaching, one can probably find her practicing her cello.
The 23-year-old started playing the cello at the age of nine and took private lessons all through high school.
She has been in the Charlotte Youth Symphony and the Junior Symphony.
Now she is involved in the Lake Norman Orchestra in Mooresville, which practices once a week.
Adams, a Denver resident, looks forward to going to practice every Monday evening. She has been doing it for a year.
â€œI love it. Itâ€™s a stress reliever for me from teaching,â€ she said.
Adams is a fourth grade teacher at Iron Station Elementary.
The orchestra is preparing for its annual Holiday concert which will take place at the Mooresville Citizens Center on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Citizens Center or from any orchestra member.
Many of the songs that will be heard are Christmas favorites including â€œHere Comes Santa Claus,â€ â€œThe Christmas Song,â€ â€œHark The Herald Angels Singâ€ and â€œWe Wish You A Merry Christmas.â€
The orchestra started off with 12 members three years ago but has just recently taken off in the last six months, said Bill Haraden, conductor.
â€œPeople want something different to do in Mooresville and they like the idea of orchestras,â€ he said.
Members range all the way from Lincolnton to Greensboro. Ages ranges from high school to senior citizens. Experience ranges from less experienced to professional level.
The orchestra is always looking for new members. The first of the year is when new members will be excepted.
â€œIt is fabulous to be able to play quality music with a group-itâ€™s so much fun,â€ Adams said.
Want to get involved?
The orchestra practices at Peninsula Baptist Church from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Monday evening. For more information call 704-664-8220 or visit www.lknorchestra.org.
by Amy Wadsworth