It is wonderful that you are pursuing

October 5, 2011

Jack Martinez
456, X Street, Y Avenue,
Fillmore, UT-84631
(123) 456-7890

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Dear Jack Martinez,

I was flattered that you considered me an appropriate person to approach to write a letter of recommendation. Unfortunately, I feel it is in your best interest that I decline your request as too much time has elapsed since I have instructed you.

It is wonderful that you are pursuing your musical interests and applying to the Oklahoma Conservatory of Music. For the purposes of you attaining a position at the Conservatory you would be best advised to source letters of recommendation from teachers who have instructed you more recently, fellow orchestra members, conductors and perhaps parents’ of your students. These people will be able to provide the most accurate, well-rounded and current profile of you to the admissions officers and selection committee.

If I am able to be of assistance to you some time in the future, please do not hesitate contact me again. I wish you great success in your future.



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