Cleveland Orchestra to Use First-Round Screens During Auditions

Classic Arts News   Cleveland Orchestra to Use First-Round Screens During Auditions
Adopting regular practice among major American orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra will start using screens during first-round auditions to hide the identity of the applicant and thus prevent bias in player selection.

Voting on whether an applicant will advance past the first round will also be carried out by secret ballot. Screens will be not used in subsequent rounds, however.

The changes arose after the formation of a union-management audition review committee to address contract amendments.

Reports the The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, "the committee didn't recommend any change to the provision that any one member of the audition committee can advance a first-round candidate, nor any change to the longstanding Cleveland practice of placing all hiring and probationary review authority solely with the music director."

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