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I have an audition for a musical director position with an auditioned community choir next week. I have had the appointment for a few weeks and I was just informed by the choir that my audition will be filmed so that members of the choir who will not be present will be able to weigh in on my audition. They are are asking if that will be a problem for me. What do you think?
on January 31, 2014 7:49am
If it were me, I'd say OK, because that way I'm being cooperative.  Besides, what harm could it do?  Maybe you could even ask for a copy yourself, and that could give you wonderful information on how you appear to others.
Applauded by an audience of 4
on January 31, 2014 8:43am
You could, however, realistically ask that they not post the video publicly, e.g. on YouTube.
Applauded by an audience of 5
on February 3, 2014 10:31pm
I hope it's not to late to comment usefully.
 
Without going so far as to say that video recording would be a problem for me you might point out that videos give a deceptive impression of an interaction that depends on physical presence. A conductor's success or failure, after all, depends at least partly on personal magnetism and charisma, which transmit themselves much differently on screen than they do in person. While those watching afterward can get a vague idea of what the conductor's beat looks like and what sorts of things s/he says and reacts to, they won't be able to gauge the full nature of the force of personality and the impact that makes on the ensemble and its individual members. Everyone in a position to make critical decisions should do so on the basis of the same data, or the decision is compromised.
 
Good luck with the audition.
 
Jerome Hoberman
Music Director/Conductor, The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra
on February 5, 2014 6:19pm
Good points all.
  I am going through this over here on he East Coast, as well, Desmond; I feel your pain... and your joy!
I watched one of myself and caught things like one [new] member who, yes,  had been give her folder, but it was missing a copy of the piece!  She was trying to be cooperative and not interrupt the film.  However, she was seated right in front of the camera!  So she appeared to not be participating.  I was busy checking their tones, vocal technique, etc. against the music (they choose the pieces, so my prep time was short).  I thought she was simply listening momentarily, and would join as the rehearsal moved forward.   ;/  Needless to say, that one will not go to the website.
Another consideration you could mention is; Do they have permission to have these pieces on there? ...with professional instrumentalists?   It will not be a problem  - their audition-viewing is under "educational fair use", but I'd recommend not a full start-to-finish use of any one piece.
Rehearse in front of the mirror, so as to make it your best.  Use your clearest and liveliest diction.  As you develop a feeling for what kind of folks they are, you may wish to get in writing that they do not publish it anywhere else.  However, that should not be a problem, unless someone were to become vindictive, and I've not seen that happen the the Choral World.
Best Wishes!
-Lucy
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