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The South Netherlands Philharmonic is a vibrant, professional symphony orchestra with a rich diversity of concert formulas. 

Principal Oboe 75%

The repertoire covers the complete symphonic canon, from ancient masterpieces to exhilarating world premières. Under the direction of its intendant Stefan Rosu, the South Netherlands Philharmonic is an organisation that continuous to push its borders. This drive to innovate manifests itself in the i-Classics concerts, in adventurous crossovers, grand public events, and by pointedly bridging the gaps with big business, like during the business network event Leading the South. In addition, the South Netherlands Philharmonic is the symphonic laboratory of the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, MCICM. The international ambitions become most clear in this season’s new series of Meisterkonzerte (Master Concerts) in Aachen, which the orchestra produces. But the vibrant connection to the Southern Netherland’s manifold societies always stand at the forefront. Think of the many successful projects the orchestra undertakes in this region with all the important happenings. Together with the qualitative education programme the South Netherlands Philharmonic has adopted, the orchestra truly proves to be for everyone. Students from both primary and secondary schools can experience the power and enchantment of live music for themselves and really up close.

We are looking for:

Principal Oboe 75%
Repeated Audition, new date: December 2nd 2020 in  Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (postponed because of the Corona virus)
(with possible pre selection on the same day)

What does the position entail? 
As section leader besides playing your part in the orchestra, you are also required to play the solo scores. You are also in charge of your group. In addition to your tasks on stage, you will be employable more broadly within the orchestra for (educational, innovative and representative) activities that contribute to the orchestra’s efforts to bridge the gap with society. As a representative of your group, you will actively engage in section leaders’ meetings, you will organize and chair your section meetings, and you will conduct performance interviews with your section members. You are asked to stimulate a good and collegial collaboration and, if necessary, discuss and arrange matters with the management or (managers of) staff teams. 

Which qualities do we require? 
Naturally, you are an excellent musician with demonstrable solo-playing capabilities. Previous experience as a section leader is a plus. In addition, you are prepared to use all your talents and skills – also beyond the artistic scope – in service of the orchestra. You are a team player with a good sense of collaboration. You possess good communication skills and a coaching leadership style. 

What can the South Netherlands Philharmonic offer?  
A contract for a certain period of time, the so-called trial period, within which two evaluations will take place. In the case of mutual satisfaction and positive assessments, the contract will be prolonged. Primary and secondary employment conditions are based upon the collective labour agreements for Dutch orchestras. Furthermore, we offer a plethora of opportunities for further self-development as a musician or schooling in other activities that contribute to a sustainable employability. 

Selection procedure

Response
You can respond to this function by no later than October 11. 2020, only by email. Please send us your motivational letter and CV in Dutch or English to, c/o the orchestra inspector Hélène Maurits at helene.maurits@philharmoniezuidnederland.nl. For further information, please contact Mrs. Maurits at +31 (0)88 166 07 32. 

Auditions
Auditions will take place on December 2nd 2020 in Eindhoven. 
Auditions will consist of three rounds: progression to each following round is by means of the trial committee’s assessment. For each round, you may be asked to play several orchestral excerpts; the scores will be sent to you along with the invitation to auditions. In the final round, we will conduct a short interview to assess your leadership qualities. A leadership assessment can become part of the selection procedure. 

Obligatory pieces
Mozart – Oboe concerto in C major,  KV 314
R. Strauss – Oboe concerto in D major

Further information
The selection committee retains its right to make a pre-selection of candidates based on the provided, textual information. Fees will be determined according to the national collective labour agreements of Dutch orchestras. 

With this recruitment and selection procedure, the South Netherlands Philharmonic pays heed to Wav (Wet arbeid en vreemdelingen) and appendage laws and regulations. This repeated auditions are open to all nationalities.