I suspect there are a number of reasons for this. One being EEOC standards. In fact, if you are non-white femaile, your chances are higher of being hired. However, I am not sure if this applies to the concert orchestra or just to business in general.
As for musicians, (being one myself) I do think women are probably better at it. I say this because when you listen to really GOOD music, you can hear the emotion put into the piece - and I think women are far better at displaying emotions than men are. I would think this would ebb into the musical arena as well. This is NOT to say that male musicians are inferior - just probably more technical as opposed to the emotion they put into thier performance.
As for me.. I just got back from 5 days in the mountains only to find out that my EKG showed some sort of irregularity during my Cardiac Clearance Exam for this surgery. So.. today I had a Echocardiogram and tomorrow is an a Cardiac Stress Test and blood work for a Metobalic Panel. Hopefully all of this will get back to the Heart Doc and all will be fine and I'll be cleared for Wednesday's surgery.
LS My EKG always shows some kind of irregularity. Once it said an irregular irregularity, plus bundle branch block and something else. Almost everyone over 50 has one of these things and I forget which. Coffee can cause an irregularity. One pill of torpol caused by heart to slow to 36 beats per minute for almost 48 hours. There were times it wouldn't beat for 3 or more seconds. As I tell my wife jogging cures everything. Phy
Phy-If I were you I'd quit jogging at 0400 and swim in that lake with gators to take your mind off your heart beat.LS-Don't know what operation you are having but we all wish you a fast recovery.Did you go up to Flagstaff to escape the heat? Cheers