Here’s a question to bounce around.* Looking at some of the big musical productions that take woodwinds on the road, the company’s job posting usually says something like this:
“To be considered, please submit a current resume and applicable playing samples (preferably videos in web link format). Further preparation of audition materials may be requested.”
When a contractor/MD says “applicable playing samples”, what do you suppose they’re looking for? Do they want a “demo reel”-style video that specifically shows you playing in a pit orchestra? If so, is it more important to showcase certain kinds of numbers than others (overture, dance, colla voce…)? How about solo rep. or other ensemble performances?
Has anyone been through this application, audition, and/or hiring experience, or something similar, and care to share what it was like? How does this compare to other auditions you’ve taken? Any contractors/MDs who wish to weigh in?
*turns out it’s several questions