Making the grade musically: What's it take to play in South Jersey's orchestras? - Living - pressofAtlanticCity.com Mobile

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Making the grade musically: What's it take to play in South Jersey's orchestras?

Musicians must pass the audition before playing in an area orchestra

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Amanda Lakits, center, auditioned for a seat in the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble by participating in four consecutive rehearsals. The 23-year-old clarinetist from Hammonton was offered membership in the ensemble last month.

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After college, Amanda Lakits missed all the opportunities she had to show off her clarinet skills, an instrument she played since fourth grade.

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Amanda Lakits, center, auditioned for a seat in the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble by participating in four consecutive rehearsals. The 23-year-old clarinetist from Hammonton was offered membership in the ensemble last month.