I just thought I'd post a bit of news and some griping here. As an "up-and-coming" trumpet player I've been to numerous orchestral auditions and have submitted numerous college teaching job applications. I've not made it out of the first round in any audition, and I've only managed one real live college teaching interview. Within the past year, there has been at least 1 orchestra that, after holding the audition, didn't hire anybody. There has also been two colleges that, after doing a national search, sifting through applications and running interviews, also didn't hire anyone. The organizations shall remain nameless, but let's just say none of them were "on the coasts" and not a one could be seen as an "elite" musical organization in the slightest. My question/gripe is....what the heck is going on here?? How can these organizations, in today's ultra-competitive market, not hire anyone? My initial gut reaction is, "who the heck do they think they are?" After I simmer down, I start to ponder and seriously wonder what is going on? How can a musical organization (orchestra, college, whatever) do a nation-wide search/audition and then not hire anyone? The music business is over-saturated with musicians (like myself unfortunately) vying for any slice of a job they can...so how can any organization (especially 2nd tier ones) justify doing this? There are a lot of questions here, but if there is anyone on the other side of this process that would like to shed some light on the whole thing...please...be my guest.