Thank you so much for participating in the --------Symphony audition process. We know that, for many of the musicians, it was the first time auditioning in many years, and we acknowledge how stressful this was. Tour contribution to the growth of the ------Symphony by being willing to audition has been appreciated by everyone; the music director,the board, and your fellow musicians. We hope the process was positive for you, and we wll eventually seek your input as to how we can improve.
We had many violins audition, so at this time we do not feel we will need your services in the orchestra, although we would encourage you to keep practicing and hopefully audirion in the future. There were many positive aspects to your playing, and we encourage you to keep playing.
Again, thank you for your willingness to audition for the ------Symphony Orchestra.
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I replied by telling them that I did not find their audition stressful at all. I then told them that I understsnd that they are trying to be as gentle and gracious with us as possible and I appreciated that, but I don't need carefully worded excuses about stress at the audition or any words about how I should continue to practice the violin and stay with it (after playing in a few fully professional orchestras for 35 years and my cruise ship performance experience) I asked them what led them to believe it was the first audition for many of us?. I then asked them of what relevance was the number of auditionees to my rejection?. Finally, I suggested that it would be helpful to all of us who participated, since we all went to some time and expense to audition, and for our own improvement in the future, a critique of each of our playing was in order, rather than hearing about some unknown"positive aspects" to our playing.
Finally, I told them that I was sorry to hear them acknowledge that their audition was so stressful for all or most of us. although I did not experience any stress during the audition. I told them that I can not believe that they would actually enjoy auditioning a bunch of stressed out viollinists and wondered how they could possibly make the best selection at such an audition. I told them that I hope they will indeed contact me for my input as to how they might improve to reduce audition stress, since I believe I have a drug-free method to achieve that..
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