Although this notice could be filed under "better late than never" I wanted to take a moment to point out an article which appeared at The Partial Observer at the beginning of April by Holly Mulcahy which examines the realities of numerous job openings in one orchestra. Holly does an excellent job of walking a reader through reasons why copious numbers of openings in the same ensemble should serve as a warning to potential audition candidates (not to mention potential managers and staffers). Personally, I think Holly’s article is even more poignant given the recent news about the continuing surge in music school enrollment. Now, more than ever, students poised to enter the audition circuit need to do so with eyes wide open. Not to scare them mind you (something which music schools have misplaced fears about), but to better prepare them to avoid the sort of pitfalls and perils that would snag an otherwise talented musician who could contribute to all aspects of the business in a number of positive ways. So take a moment and give Holly’s article a read.