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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000912.txt from 1998/04

From: Jonathan Cohler <>
Subj: Re: klarinet-digest V2 #78
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 06:05:33 -0400

Hat NYC 62 wrote:

>>>Of course, if this exclusionary practice is common among full-time
>symphonies now (which I refuse to believe until shown the contrary), and I
>would love to know which other orchestras do this, then as teachers we
>should advise our students to make "creative" resumes, and pull as many
>back-door, "old-boys-club" strings as we know of every time we send a
>student out for a first-round audition into these old-boy-clubs.<<
>The only major symphony I know of that does not weed out candidates based on
>resume or tape is the Chicago Symphony. Virtually all other major orchestras
>require a tape or simply reject candidates. These include:
>Cleveland Orchestra
>Boston Symphony
>Baltimore Symphony
>Metropolitan Opera
>Kennedy Center Opera
>Los Angeles Philharmonic
>Dallas Symphony
>San Francisco Symphony

Tape is a different story. That is a valid audition of a person's playing
ability. I was discussing orchestras which exclude people based on resume
alone. Which is completely meaningless. A piece of paper tells you
nothing of ones playing ability in orchestra or otherwise.

I don't believe your list above is correct. I know, for example, that the
Boston Symphony hears people who want to audition.

Which of those exclude based on resume alone?

Jonathan Cohler

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