Are fully screened auditions really impartial? I was thinking about this today and wondering if anyone who has served on these types of committees could shed any light on this... It has been rumored that some committees have the ability to pull "nameless" resumes during screened finals. Is this true? Aside from the fact that someone who intimately knows a friends playing can tell who they are from their sound/the way they play, this adds to my feeling that as great as it sounds, fully screened auditions are not that impartial. I know that they are kind of the best option we've got, but with those two things in mind, isnt it all kind of a ruse? Fully screened auditions certainly protect from gender and racial bias which is super important.. but I wonder if it also protects the committee from any scrutiny when they hire a known friend.