In the latest ITG magazine is a column "317" written by David Bilger. 317 refers to the number of applicants for a recent position in the Philadelphia Orchestra trumpet section, David Bilger is the principal trumpet of that orchestra. Mr Bilger very clearly outlines the audition procedure (wow, what a marathon) culminating in the choice of Tony Prisk for the 2nd trumpet chair.
Congratulations to Tony Prisk.
But what about the other 316, the rejects, those who did not win the position? What does trumpet playing life hold for them? For how many is this the last straw signaling their abandonment of trumpet playing? Their trumpet has let them down. How many are going to carry this disappointment into a teaching career "because they could not make it add a player"? Do our colleges prepare music majors for a life after music?
I wrote about this issue 16 years ago for the Australian Trumpet Guild, and am still very worried.
What do you think?