How do trials work? What happens when they offer multiple people a trial for one available position?
The orchestra will usually have the candidates come for one or two weeks to play with the orchestra, usually separate weeks but sometimes concurrently if it’s a section string position. They’ll be evaluated by the same audition committee that heard their audition (usually) in combination with the music director, depending on each orchestra’s procedures. I’ve been through trials and witnessed a few myself, lmk if you have other questions