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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001672.txt from 1998/04

From: Jonathan Cohler <>
Subj: [kl] John Yeh Chicago Symphony Audition
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 08:35:22 -0400

As promised, here are John's Yeh's answers to my questions to him about his
Chicago Symphony audition approximately 20 years ago, and his general
feelings on the subject:

>On Thu, 23 Apr 1998, Jonathan Cohler wrote:
>> 1. When you auditioned for the CSO originally, was everyone who
>> sent a resume allowed to audition in the first round? And
>> what is the procedure now?

John Yeh's response:

>The Chicago Symphony Orchestra invites anyone who sends a resume. This is
>still the procedure, although some candidates send cassettes for
>pre-evaluation to get a recommendation for whether they should bother to
>audition in person. It is totally voluntary.
>> > 2. Were any phone calls made by your teachers to get you into the
>> first-round audition?

John Yeh's response:


John Yeh's thoughts on audition process:

>I think orchestras hurt themselves by not listening to all applicants.
>This is one reason why second-rate and lesser orchestras remain
>second-rate and lesser orchestras. What about Adolph Herseth, our
>principal trumpet player? He, like myself, had no professional experience
>prior to the CSO.

Jonathan Cohler

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