Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Who goes to All-State Orchestra?

I've had several parents bring up the All-State Orchestra auditions. I have paid attention to the results since Molly first participated almost a decade ago. There always seem to be discrepances, technical difficulties, seeming unfairness--and unhappy young people. I believe that the auditions are conducted with complete integrity. This article by Miranda Sawyer may give you some insight into the difficulties of judging:
"Whoever or whatever wins, the world will think the award is fixed...

...despite your agonies, there isn't a right answer. There's a right answer for this particular jury, under these particular circumstances, on this particular day. So your verdict is essential, and yet meaningless. No matter how long you discuss, how much research you do, the resulting decision is not correct."

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