I am a new percussionist in the Cleveland Orchestra. I just wanted to comment on "Sour Notes
" [February 14] -- specifically the audition process of the Cleveland Orchestra.
I am from Boston, and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to my audition last March, I had never been to Severance Hall to see the orchestra. I had never been to Cleveland at all.
I have taken at least seven auditions before, from orchestras as small as the Harrisburg Symphony to Philadelphia Orchestra. Without being in the music business, I feel you can not criticize the Cleveland Orchestra's. Every audition is flawed somehow, and life isn't always fair. However, Cleveland's happens to be more fair than most. In the last few years the tuba player, second horn, English horn, bass, and percussion spots were all filled by non-Clevelanders.
I think that Ms. Meiser should do a little more research on orchestra auditions before blasting Cleveland's. After all, there is a reason that the players here are so good, and you could say that it's because of the process that they stand by. I hope Scene holds itself to a higher standard of journalism than this fictitious reporting. Please get the facts right next time.