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How Does a Violinist Get a Job in The DSO?



Elayna Duitman now plays as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra. In the DSO, she served on the musicians’ string, orchestra, pension, and audition committees. She received her master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands.


When I tell people that I am a violinist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a very common question I hear is, “How much do you have to practice every week?” Of course, when an orchestra ‘practices’ together it’s called a rehearsal and we generally have four rehearsals a week (in addition to three to five concerts). But we also spend a lot of time preparing our parts for rehearsal and practicing just to stay in condition. And this practicing and learning process doesn’t start right before the audition to join the DSO, or even during high school or college; most musicians begin training at a very young age. It would be impossible for a high school senior with no musical training to decide to be a music major in college, because the requirements to be accepted into a music program are extensive and the competition to get into a good program is intense. It would not be too late to decide to become a doctor, engineer, lawyer, diplomat, police officer, or nurse during a post-secondary education, but a violinist needs to be an extremely accomplished player just to be accepted into a competitive music school or conservatory. (more…)