Job Opportunities

Assistant Conductor

VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

Application Information
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is inviting applications for the appointment of Assistant
Conductor. We are pleased to be able to provide a major opportunity for a young Canadian conductor to
work on a daily basis with a leading professional symphony orchestra. The Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra consists of 67 full-time musicians and currently performs a 40-week season.

The Assistant Conductor will:
• work closely under the direction of the VSO's Music Director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey
• work with the VSO conducting staff including Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama and
Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, as well as the artistic staff and musicians of the VSO
• have access to the many guest conductors and soloists who perform with the VSO throughout the
season
• be assigned to conduct specific rehearsals and concerts, and will cover other VSO rehearsals and
concerts
• have the opportunity to be involved in programme planning, artistic operations, education,
marketing and development activities
• be an ambassador of the VSO in the community
Qualifications:
• All applicants for the position of Assistant Conductor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
must be Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants.
• The VSO Assistant Conductor will be expected to reside in Vancouver during the term of the
appointment.
• Candidates should have an advanced musical degree or equivalent. An exceptional level of aural
skill expected .
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to speak about the music with audiences.
• Advanced knowledge of orchestral repertoire, with a working knowledge of Canadian and
international contemporary orchestral repertoire essential.
Applications should include:
• Letter of interest (maximum one page).
• Full curriculum vitae (maximum five pages) detailing educational background and professional
experience as an instrumentalist and conductor.
• DVD of applicant conducting, including rehearsal, if available. Include two contrasting video
clips, maximum 20 minutes in total.
• Repertoire list.
• Three letters of recommendation.

Auditions:
• Auditions will take place May 8 & 9, 2012, in Vancouver.
• Candidates selected as finalists will be given the repertoire list and final audition schedule.
• The audition will include a general musicianship exam; rehearsal on stage with the VSO, which
will include one 20th Century work, score will be presented on arrival.

Term of contract:
September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014 (2-year term)
Note:

The search committee, chaired by VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey, will receive all applications for
the position in confidence.
Applications Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

We encourage you to submit your application by going to:
http://www.yousendit.com
You can set up a free account and attach all of your materials, and send to: joanne@vancouversymphony.ca
Alternatively, you may email your materials to: employment@vancouversymphony.ca
Place “Assistant Conductor” in the subject line.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Conductor Search
500 – 833 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 0G4


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