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As in the pursuit of any goal, the means do not always justify the end. It is unfortunate that there are players who, in desperation and frustration, will try any means possible to win a position or prevent another player from doing so. Music is (or should be) a dignified profession made up of dedicated, hard working professionals. Deal fairly and honestly with people, give colleagues the respect they are due, and be courteous to all you meet.
Should you win a position, maintain your interest and curiosity in music - once properly cultivated, such a discipline will be with you through your career, helping to stave off "burnout" that affects many professionals. Remember your responsibility to God, the public, to your colleagues, to those who gave of themselves to teach you, to the composers, and to yourself.
If, after a number of years, it becomes obvious that an orchestral career is not for you, do not feel embarrassment or shame. Your hard work and discipline will help you in redirecting your energy toward other, more realistic goals. The decision to leave the audition "circuit" is a difficult and painful one, but a courageous one as well.
The audition system is not perfect, but it is the door through which all those who want to play in an orchestra must pass. Regardless of the ultimate outcome of your quest, you will have gained a love and understanding of music that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
I have previously published three other articles on taking auditions from which some of the material in this article was derived:
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