We try to keep contest in perspective. It's an opportunity to demonstrate how we've improved and get valuable feedback from knowledgeable judges. Yes, there are medals - and it was beyond thrilling to earn medals the past two years. But the medals are just one aspect of being in a quartet.
If we win a medal - in less than two weeks! - we will be honored and humbled. But if we do not, we will nonetheless be proud of this amazing year, our ongoing commitment to each other, and all the laughter and love shared during our time together.
The upcoming six minutes on stage are a thrill ...but they are just 6 out 525,600 minutes as a quartet.