Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark
Chief Conductor: Marc Soustrot
Honorary Conductor: Leif Segerstam
Artistic Director: Jesper Nordin
Assistant conductor for the 22/23 season
The Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (ASO) seeks an assistant conductor for the 22/23 season.
In 2021 the ASO launched a new Assistant Conductor program, with French conductor Nathanaël Iselin being the first to hold this position. As his contract expires, another young talent is needed to fill the position for the upcoming 22/23 season.
What is the position?
The Assistant Conductor will conduct several concerts with the orchestra in the 22/23 season, selected according to the candidate’s abilities, and is furthermore obliged to be present at a significant number of additional weeks throughout the season, to aid and assist the orchestra’s Chief Conductor Marc Soustrot and various guest conductors in traditional assistantship tasks, such as preparing cuts, correcting bowings, taking notes, and assisting the Artistic Director with music research and development.
The Assistant Conductor is expected to contribute to the ASO’s public profile by attending network and sponsorship events, promoting the orchestra’s content on various Social Media outlets, and by submitting one or more written essays for the orchestra’s blog with subjects relevant to the orchestra’s activities.
The Assistant Conductor’s overall fee is dependent on the candidate’s availability but are comparable to industry standard. Travelling expenses are also covered by the ASO for all periods.
The position is made possible through the generous support of the Augustinus Foundation.
The Assistant Conductor must obtain a Danish work and residence permit if the person is not an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen. If the assisting conductor is an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen from outside Denmark an EU Residence document is needed. If the assistant conductor is a citizen of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway or Iceland) no work and residence permit or document is necessary.
Who can apply?
Our focus is on conductors who have recently concluded a relevant conducting education or training, and are on the brink of a professional career, but we encourage any young, ambitious conductor to apply, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and affiliation.
Some experience conducting a professional symphony orchestra is expected.
How do I apply?
The application must include, as a minimum:
- A Curriculum Vitae, updated
- Functioning links to one or more good quality videos – 5 to 10 minutes in length – showing the applicant conducting a chamber orchestra or symphony orchestra
- Recommendations and other texts (such as newspaper reviews), only when relevant and current
- Proof of concluded or current conducting (or other relevant) studies
🛑 Applications must be submitted via the application form below – no later than April 8th, 2022
Applications will be reviewed by the Artistic Director and the orchestra’s Programming Committee, and a limited number of candidates will subsequently be invited to audition with the full orchestra.
Attendance at the audition is a prerequisite for being considered for the position.
The repertoire for the audition will be selected from the standard, symphonic repertoire, and will be announced with the summons to audition for selected candidates. Based on the audition performance and a subsequent interview process, a jury comprised of the Artistic Director, one or more invited guest conductors, and the orchestra’s Programming Committee will select which candidate will be offered the position.
Local orchestra managers and agencies will be invited to attend the audition, as spectators only and without any influence on the orchestra’s choice of candidate.
🛑 The audition will take place on Monday the 23rd of May, 2022, in Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark.