Ethics Question (hiring the interim accompanist?)
Date: March 28, 2012
Hello - I direct a community chorus whose accompanist retired after 18 seasons. I chose a wonderful pianist to act as interim accompanist. My personal set of ethics says we have an open search for a permanent pianist allowing the interim to apply. The problem - everyone loves the interim accompanist and has satisfied what I want and more. The question - is it unethical, unprofessional and/or bad form to just hire the interim outright without the public search? The group is a tax-exempt non-profit. The interim is very interested in the position. And, this group has never looked for an accompanist before. The Board is made up of singers, so they are taking my guidance. So, what do you all think?
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