A friend brought me this sentence:
"My mother was a viola player in an orchestra."
They asked whether "in" could be replaced with "of" in this sentence. It sounds wrong to me, but I'm having a hard time explaining why. They also compared it to being a member of a baseball team, so why can of not be used in this case?
The only way I can think to change the sentence to use "of" is: "My mother was the viola player of the orchestra," but the nuance is still difficult for me to explain.
Can anyone help explain why it's wrong?