Sticking It Out – From Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit by Patti Niemi

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing New York City in the 1980s, Sticking It Out recounts Niemi’s years mastering her craft and struggling to make it in a cutthroat race to a coveted job in an orchestra.  Along the way, she has to compete with friends, and face her own crippling anxiety and reliance on prescription medication, while confronting the delicate, and sometimes perilous, balance of power between teachers and their students.  Patti Niemi is currently a member of the percussion section of San Francisco Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1992.  For more information about her book, please visit

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