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 Re: How good do you have to be?
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2018-01-15 03:39

There are lots of people who perform in local ensembles, including "classical" and jazz/commercial bands and orchestras, at night and a have a non-music day job to pay the bills. Teaching is not a necessity and, indeed, you shouldn't teach if you have negative feelings about it.

What kind of music are you in love with? If you're asking "how good do you have to be?" to play in a full-time professional orchestra, the answer is that you have to be pretty exceptional. All you can do is become the best player you're capable of becoming and then see what comes of it.

It isn't just a matter of being a good enough player to play the music. You also have to be good enough - exceptional enough - to outshine all the other players who show up at open auditions. And I suspect all of those others will have attended highly reputed conservatories or university music departments where they will have studied with highly reputed clarinet teachers, many of whom will also have been full-time professional players in excellent orchestras.

But, of course, orchestral playing isn't the only kind of music a clarinetist can do.

Loving music is certainly important but it isn't nearly enough to compete in the professional world in any musical genre.

Karl

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