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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000912.txt from 1998/03

From: "Elliot Oki" <>
Subj: Re: A conductor who doesn't "believe" in chairs
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 1998 01:28:40 -0500

Well sheesh the answer to this is obvious. If they wanted to play first
part they should've asserted themselves and asked for it. If your section
is fairly close, there should be a feeling that anybody can speak freely.

-----Original Message-----
From: GrnShirt <>
Date: Saturday, March 14, 1998 6:50 PM
Subject: A conductor who doesn't "believe" in chairs

> I'm in high school and my conductor says that everyone should be able
>play 1st 2nd or 3rd parts and it would be great if everyone would play a
>variety of each. This leaves each section to decide for itself who plays
>part. In most sections this works out well, but my clarinet section is not
>most sections.
> Since no one else in our section has ever expressed any interest in
>taking first part (all other sections have had different students ask for
>at different times), my stand partner and I have always taken first part.
>one seemed to mind since they were having trouble with the second and third
> Recently, I've discovered that the two clarinets who have been in long
>time competition with me and my stand partner are furious with us for not
>giving them first part. The question is:
>Should we have assumed that these two players wanted to play first part
>thougfh they seemed perfectly happy with second), or should we have waited
>until they asked for it?

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