According to a New York Times article, authored by Anthony Tommasini, blind auditions obstruct racial diversity in orchestras and are inapt to ensure discrimination-free hiring of professional musicians. While the principal argument of the piece is convincing (people of colour do not benefit from a system of meritocracy in which they are structurally impeded to participate), one may be at odds with the conclusion. I simply don’t unterstand how doing away with blind auditions is supposed to improve the situation—or is it just the misleading headline? Enhanced support for BIPoC applicants is certainly needed, and all the more in earlier stages of education in order to achieve equal opportunities in a competitive environment, but I don’t see the connection of these measures to the hiring procedure of orchestras. I’m curious if somebody can explain this to me.