Klarinet Archive - Posting 001151.txt from 1998/04
From: avrahm galper <agalper@-----.com>
Subj: AUDITIONS IN TORONTO
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 11:08:59 -0400
AUDITIONS IN TORONTO
>From what I remember, everyone was given a chance.
The routine here was: first Canadians were asked.
If no one made the grade, then it went "International", meaning the USA.
I believe that they looked at the age, and if someone was very very
young, with no experience at all, ( like played with the high school
band etc) they may not get asked to come.
It is expensive to make a trip.
Furthermore, the committee didn't want to spend unecessary time.
In Toronto they were nice, once you came. They gave you a chance to
play. If it was bad they might stop after three or four excerpts.
I have heard of places where they didn't give you time if they were not
Canadians first was no big thing. After all, to work in the USA you need
a Green Card.
After the "local" audition, they would advertise in the International
By the way, a Union representative always sat in on the auditions to
make sure there was no hanky panky.
Regarding young talent, I remember once there was someone who played
magnificently but had absolutely no experience.
He wasn't taken.
But went one to become quite a famous player elsewhere.
So go know!
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