Kabal Posted April 20, 2003 Report Share Posted April 20, 2003 In reply to: 1. Pros are careless, poor players 2. Auditions are all rigged, so don't bother to play well or prepare. 3. The people who win jobs are political operators, rather than qualified musicians. 4. Being stuck in a top orchestra is a sad fate , free of interest or passion for work. 5. To hold these feelings is not negative it is just truth. This is just nonsense. Read the topic of the thread, I merely point out some truths. I dont know where you pulled #4 from, this hasnt been brought up in this thread. In reply to: and have consistently done well at blind auditions(where I didn't know committee members). So Have I, I won 7 auditions, made the finals to almost every one I did. In reply to: It strips much credit from this success to hear the tears and sweat of preparation dismissed so easily. No it doesnt, quite the opposite. It brings me tears when I see somebody pay big bucks to take an Audition when there is no job available. Since you are new and dont know me, I am the resident Rock Guy who turned his back on Classical Music and likes to play rock, but still does classical gigs to pay the rent. What I say is true, regardless of your experience. I know more about this than you can imagine: I almost wrote a book about it. I interviewed a bunch of people, so you will just have to trust me on this. Some Orchestra's are Cool; HoosierGirl's Hubby had a positive experience, and I have heard nothing but good things about the Indy Auditions. Some Bands are bad about this. I would rather not get into a pissing match, but some bands are nepotistic. As I said before, my experience on the other side of the screen, about 25 times, was the most interesting. I personally saw a bunch of fixed auditions. I am in no way implying that every band does this, but I have seen several bands do some pretty Weird stuff. I did an experiment a few years ago. An Orchestra was looking for a Concertmaster, the first Round was by tape. I was over-qualified and not interested in the job, but I sent a tape for research purposes. I marked the tape, I put a mark on the tape and a mark on the shell at 7 seconds. I got a note back: Thank you, but your tape did not meet our standards. I sent them a tape of the Sex Pistols, they never listened to the Tape, the place where I marked the tape and the shell were exactly in the same place. They hired the local person who was assumed to get the job. I had friends watch me mark the tape, and they watched me open the "Rejection Send back tape". I contacted the Band, and I was assured every tape was heard. I told them what I did, and they hung up the phone. Although your experiences have been positive, do not dismiss my experiences. I have been around the block too, I am merely pointing out the truths that I have witnessed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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