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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000921.txt from 2000/09

Subj: [kl] Montreal Audition and Competition
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 16:37:22 -0400

Dave Renaud wrote:

<<Is anyone aware if the Associate Principle of Montreal
Symphony was awarded to anyone, and to whom.
Perhaps they will be going to international auditions.

I was at the Canadian auditions last week. Some good
full time players from Kitchener-Waterloo and Edmonton
were there. I'm hoping one of these players was offered
the job. Perhaps Ross.>>

A question: How many clarinetists were at this audition?
Am I the only person bothered by the fact that Canadian orchestras still have
"Canadian-only" auditions? When a vacancy occurred for principal clarinet in
this "World Class" orchestra some years ago, the position was filled by a
similar audition. Apparently competition frightens Canadians, who keep the
vast number of Americans at bay for their premiere jobs, but have no problem
coming to our more open and competitive country and taking our jobs. This
seems to be a problem with clarinet in particular, since there are obviously
too many good clarinetists for the demand, and Canadian orchestras can easily
lessen the pool by keeping the Americans out. They would of course never
dream of doing such a thing when they need to fill a position in the horn
section or the bassoon section, so why clarinet.

If it sounds like I'm a little bitter, perhaps, but in this age of
globalization and free markets, I'm prepared to go head to head with anyone,
just open the doors!!!!

Mario Estrada
Florida West Coast Symphony
and American patriot

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