We had an audition for a keyboardist/choir director this past week, and I'm asked to evaluate the audition. I have no idea how to respond. Most seem to like the person, some did not. The applicant had difficulty in playing through all but one song. Even that one song was a bit shaky. The people who thought the applicant was good basically thought it was nerves and not a true representation of the applicant's skills. I was told the applicant has a PhD in some music degree. The job is for a senior, experience musician, and pays $75/hr for performance, rehearsals, etc, and about double that for special events. I had thought that we would say thanks, and bring in the next applicant for an audition, but we did not. We basically left it as the applicant will be given 3 weeks to come up to speed. So my question is for those of you with experience of hiring band members and conducting auditions, what would you do? Pass, or hire, or extend the audition 3 weeks? Also, when you see this, how likely is it that the applicant just had a bad audition, and they are truly talented? I would like to duck and avoid the question since there are more than a handful of us in the audition. I really don't think my feedback is necessary.