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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001083.txt from 1998/04

From: Jonathan Cohler <>
Subj: Re: Orchestra auditions
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 13:26:28 -0400

Mark Charette wrote:

>Roger Garrett wrote:
>> It is standard business practice to reject
>> candidates for a position based on their resume. Orchestras area
>> business.
>Roger, I hire people all the time for my business. I only
>reject candidates who do not meet the minimum qualifications
>for the job based on the resume'. I publish my minimum
>qualifications. If the qualifications for the auditions
>are published (and if they said something like "3 years
>full-time experience required playing in orchestral
>environment"), I'll agree with you. If they say something
>like "play the following excerpts", then that's way too loose
>to work with. When you write a resume' for a company, you'd
>always want to target it specifically for that company, and
>you'd read what the qualifications are. You'd also possibly
>write to the HR manager to get a better feel for the
>true requirements for the position.
>Jonathan, what were the published requirements for the
>position? If they were "play the following excerpts", then
>IMNSHO they should get someone to write up the quals _much_
>better - especially since an orchestra is a business.
>Mark Charette, Webmaster -


Here's the info I received:

National Symphony Orchestra - Assistant/Second Clarinet Send a one-page
resume to: David Bragunier, Personnel Manager National Symphony Orchestra
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 20566.
Audition Hotline: 202-416-8145
May 31 Prelim. Auditions June 1 - Semi-final and Final Rounds
Solo Repertoire Mozart- Concerto Debussy- Rhapsodie
First Clarinet Excerpts
Beethoven: 6th Symphony Movt. I mm. 476-end Movt. II mm. 69-77
Beethoven: 8th Symphony Movt. III: Trio
Brahms: 3rd Symphony Movt.II 1-22
Ginastera: Variations Concertante (this title was spoken in Spanish and I
don't speak Spanish!!) Fourth Movt.
Kodaly: Galanta Dances mm.31-91 mm. 571-578
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo - entire
Mendelssohn 3rd Symphony 2nd movt.
Prokofieff:Peter and Wolf Nervoso reh. 20
Rimsky-Korsakov: Loctur (spelling??) reh. 2-5
Sibelius - 1st Symphony Introduction: mm. 1-31 3rd movt.
Resphigi Pines of Rome 3rd movt.
2nd Clarinet Excerpts
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra Movt. I mm. 174-187 Movt. II mm. 45-57
Movt. II mm. 180-211
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo - Entire
Shostakovich: 10th Symphony Movt. I: 7 after 56 to reh. 59
Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony Movt. I mm.1-60 Movt. II mm. 182-184
Movt. III mm. 28-56, 98-118

Note, that it didn't ask for teacher recommendations or ANYTHING other than
a one-page resume!
Jonathan Cohler

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