When I first began studying at TU Graz, I tried to find other musicians and a community sharing my interests – and I found it in the Graz University Orchestra. Thanks to numerous projects, trips and get-togethers after rehearsals, I soon made friends outside of my course. Playing challenging works and regular rehearsals keep me in practice on the viola. But I can also contribute in other respects too, being responsible for promotion and the layout of the programme booklet. This allows me to use and expand the skills that I have learnt in my architecture course in graphic design. The unique aspect of this orchestra is that everyone shares the passion for making music together, from first-years to university professors. Just as in planning and building architecture, an orchestra relies on listening and following a joint goal.