I'm looking for a trilogy (I think it was 3?) of books I read in the 90s. I got them from the library, some I'm not certain how new they were. Here's what I remember:
- Protagonist was a girl, and played a violin (or possibly viola)
- Started out in some sort of school - I think it was a conservatory, but I'm not sure.
- There was magic, and if I remember correctly it was based in music (or at least one form was). Someone new to the school in the beginning of book one got in trouble for knowing this and teaching others (at night in some building nearby/on the grounds). She was new to the school.
- In the second book (or towards the end of the first?), she was in a forced labor camp on the border of her home country. I think the idea was for these camps to repair the damage from an old magical war. She has a major role in a revolt, since the commander had taken a shine to her (I think it was due to her having an instrument and playing for him/her?)
- The forced labor revolt sparked a real revolt, or got involved with one.
- Towards the end of the trilogy, the main character ended up searching out her lover somewhere. I'm 90% sure it was a girl, and I believe it was the girl who got in trouble for teaching them music with magic in book one