More musings, this time on auditions

Recently I’ve been involved in auditioning candidates for scholarships, based on organ-playing or singing abilities.

Before I start, I’d like to point out that my views are nothing to do with Cambridge University, or Robinson College.

  1. Why is it that I’m so nervous, when I’m the one doing the interviewing? Could it be that I’m just trying to come up with clever questions for the candidates to make me look smart in front of the more senior people present?
  2. They’re all panicking about their big 10-minute chance. I am likely to witness a large number of 10-minute chances, which will all add up to several hours of listening to the same ear tests, and the same sight-reading pieces. And they wonder why I act blase and bored out of my mind?
  3. Why have the auditions moved half-way across the city, so I now spend most of the day walking to them?
  4. Why do I feel so guilty when talking to the candidates who were cr*p?
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