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Vaasa City Orchestra is holding an audition to cover positions: Sub-principal for II violin, Cello player (tutti), Sub-principal for clarinet and Principal for trumpet

Vaasa City Orchestra, established in 1930, has 31 musicians. Tomas Djupsjöbacka has been the chief conductor of the orchestra since January 2021.

Sub-principal for II violin

a permanent position starting on 1.9.2022 or according to agreement.

 

  • Application period: 23.2.2022-22.4.2022
  • Applications and CV to the address: vaasacityorchestra@vaasa.fi, before Fri 22.4. at 16.00 (GMT +3).
  • Date of Audition and Venue: Wed 11.5.2022 starting approximately at 11 in Vaasa City Hall, Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa. The exact time will be announced later. After the application due date, selected candidates will receive an email invitation to the audition. A pianist is available at the audition; however, the applicant may use a personal pianist at his or her own expense.
  • Salary: according to Local Government Employers KT
  • Trial time: 6 months

 

Audition materials:

(parts always for the II violin)

  1. W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 G, No. 4 D or No. 5 A, 1st movement with cadenza.
  2. 1st movement and cadenza of one violin concerto from romanticism or 20th century, including Beethoven’s Violin concerto.

 

Following audition excerpts will be sent directly to the applicants starting on 11.4.2022. These include:

(parts always for the II violin)

Orchestra excerpts:

  1. W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 39, 1st movement From the beginning to the bar 99.
  2. L. v. Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Vivace. From the beginning to bar 174.
  3. C. Debussy La Mer, II. Jeux de vagues. Figure number 19 to the bar 48 and, bar 181 to bar 222.
  4. J. Brahms Sinfonia No. 4, 4th movement. Bar 33 to the Figure D.
  5. J. Sibelius Sinfonia No. 2, Vivacissimo. From the beginning to bar 49.
  6. J. Linkola Scorpio. Figure number 71 to bar 92.

Chamber Music:

  • W.A Mozart string quartet no.14 G Major – 1st movement

Cello player (tutti)

a permanent position starting on 1.9.2022 or according to agreement

 

  • Application period: 23.2.2022-22.4.2022
  • Applications and CV to the address: vaasacityorchestra@vaasa.fi, before Fri 22.4. at 16.00 (GMT +3).
  • Date of Audition and Venue: Thu 12.5.2022 starting approximately at 11 in Vaasa City Hall, Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa. The exact time will be announced later. After the application due date, selected candidates will receive an email invitation to the audition. A pianist is available at the audition; however, the applicant may use a personal pianist at his or her own expense.
  • Salary: according to Local Government Employers KT
  • Trial time: 6 months
  • More information: General Manager Mia Huhta, tel. +358 40 5248877, mia.huhta@vaasa.fi (office hours)

 

Audition materials:

  • 1st movement from Haydn’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D major and cadenza of your choice​
  • 1st movement of one of the following concertos: Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor or Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor

 

Following audition excerpts will be sent directly to the applicants starting on 11.4.2022. These include:

Orchestra excerpts:

  • J. S. Bach Orchestral Suite No.2 B minor BWV1067 Ouverture. Bars: 1-20 (1st box + 1st bar), 33-55
  • J. Sibelius Symphony No.3 1st movement. Figures: 3-5, and from 14 till 6th bar of figure 15
  • W. A. Mozart Symphony No.35 4th movement. Bars: 80-103, 134-181
  • J. Brahms Symphony No.3 3rd movement. Bars: 1-39
  • G. Mahler Symphony No.4 3rd movement. Upper division, figures: 4-5, 9-11
  • L. Wennäkoski “Jong” Lower division, bars: 1-17, 206-219

Chamber Music:

  • L. v. Beethoven String Quartet No.4 Op.18 1st movement

Free bowings.

Sub-principal for clarinet

with the obligation to play bass clarinet to a permanent position starting on 1.9.2022 or according to agreement.

 

  • Application period: 23.2.2022-22.4.2022
  • Applications and CV to the address: vaasacityorchestra@vaasa.fi, before Fri 22.4. at 16.00 (GMT +3).
  • Date of Audition and Venue: Fri 13.5.2022 starting approximately at 11 in Vaasa City Hall, Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa. The exact time will be announced later. After the application due date, selected candidates will receive an email invitation to the audition. A pianist is available at the audition; however, the applicant may use a personal pianist at his or her own expense.
  • Salary: according to Local Government Employers KT
  • Trial time: 6 months
  • More information: General Manager Mia Huhta, tel. +358 40 5248877, mia.huhta@vaasa.fi (office hours)

 

Audition materials:

1st Round

  • A. MOZART: Clarinet Concerto (1st and 2nd movts.)
  • EXCERPTS (Chosen by jury before 1st round)

2nd Round

  • DEBUSSY: Premiere Rhapsody (Clarinet and piano)
  • EXCERTPS (Chosen by jury before 2nd round)

3rd Round and next rounds (If needed)

  • CHAMBER MUSIC
  • EXCERPTS (Chosen by jury before round)

 

Following audition excerpts will be sent directly to the applicants starting on 11.4.2022. These include:

List of excerpts:

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (1st and 2nd movts)
  2. Borodin: Prince Igor (Presto)
  3. Brahms: Symphony No.1 (3rd movt.)
  4. Brahms: Symphony No.3 (1st movt.)
  5. Kodály: Dances of Galánta
  6. Mendelssohn: Midsummer night´s dream (Scherzo) 2nd cl.
  7. Prokofiev: Peter and the wolf
  8. Puccini: Tosca
  9. Schubert: Symphony No.8 (1st and 2nd movts.)
  10. Schmmann: Cello concerto (3rd movt.)2nd cl.
  11. Schumann: Symphony No.4 (1st movt.) 2nd cl.
  12. Sibelius: Symphony No.1
  13. Strauss: Don Quixote Bass Cl.
  14. Verdi: Aida Bass Cl.

Chamber music:

  • Reicha: Quintette op.88 No 2 (1st movt. until letter E)
  • Nielsen Woodwindquintet (Menuetto)

 

Principal for trumpet

to a permanent position starting on 1.9.2022 or according to agreement. The principal will also perform on baroque trumpets.

 

  • Application period: 23.2.2022-22.4.2022
  • Applications and CV to the address: vaasacityorchestra@vaasa.fi, before Fri 22.4. at 16.00 (GMT +3).
  • Date of Audition and Venue: Mon 16.5.2022 starting approximately at 11 in Vaasa City Hall, Senaatinkatu 1, 65100 Vaasa. The exact time will be announced later. After the application due date, selected candidates will receive an email invitation to the audition. A pianist is available at the audition; however, the applicant may use a personal pianist at his or her own expense.
  • Salary: according to Local Government Employers KT
  • Trial time: 6 months
  • More information: General Manager Mia Huhta, tel. +358 40 5248877, mia.huhta@vaasa.fi (office hours)

 

Audition materials:

  • N. Hummel: Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, 1st movement: Allegro con spirit (on instrument of candidate’s choice)
  • Theo Charlier: Etude No. 2 “Du Style” from Études Transcendantes (on piston trumpet in B flat)

Following audition excerpts will be sent directly to the applicants starting on 11.4.2022. These include:

Orchestral excerpts, only marked passages from:

  • S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 (on piston trumpet in B flat)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (on rotary or piston trumpet in B flat)
  • Strauss: Der Bürger als Edelmann
  • Stravinsky: Suite No. 2
  • Possible sight-reading

Audition rounds

1st Round

  • Hummel: Concerto, 1st movement

2nd Round

  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

3rd Round

  • Stravinsky: Suite No. 2
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto
  • Strauss: Der Bürger als Edelmann
  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio

4th Round

  • Charlier: Etude No. 2 “Du Style”

 

 

 

If you have questions, you can also contact us via vaasacityorchestra@vaasa.fi
Vaasa City Orchestra is one of the most important representatives of classical music in the Ostrobothnia region. The orchestra consists of 31 musicians lead by chief conductor Tomas Djupsjöbacka.
In addition to the seasonal concerts; the orchestra performs in opera productions, music festivals and other events. Outreach work is also part of the orchestra’s activities.
Vaasa is an energetic city for culture and education. The city offers various culture experiences, study and job opportunities and hobbies. Vaasa is an international and multilingual city with 67 000 inhabitants.