AUDITION Principal Oboe Handel and Haydn Society Orch in Boston

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    Delmar Williams

    You must click on INSTRUMENTAL AUDITIONS to get to the correct place!!!
    OBOE – Principal Oboe (Tenure-Track) Baroque/Classical Period Instrument only

    Resume Date: see website
    Audition Date: March 2018
    Start Date: see website
    Salary/Benefits: see website
    Services: see website
    General Information: The Handel and Haydn Society is a per-service period instrument ensemble based in Boston. Applicants MUST have extensive experience performing with baroque and classical period instrument orchestras. For complete audition information or to apply go to http://www.handelandhaydn.org/auditions
    Contact Information: http://www.handelandhaydn.org/auditions
    Website: http://www.handelandhaydn.org/auditions

    Delmar Williams

    The deadline for resumes has past…but I found this interesting reading….there is much more about their contract that I didn’t post….

    Auditions for the principal oboe position with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra will take place Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Boston. There will be 2 rounds of auditions: preliminary and final. The preliminary round will be held behind a screen, and the final round will be unscreened. Only highly qualified musicians with significant experience performing with period instrument ensembles should apply. Resumes should be received no later than January 2, 2018 and be sent to:

    Jesse Levine, Personnel Manager
    Handel and Haydn Society
    9 Harcourt St.
    Boston, MA 02116

    You may also email your resume to jlevine@handelandhaydn.org. If you are submitting it by email it should be in either PDF or MS Word format. Please be sure that your resume includes your current mailing address.

    After the audition committee reviews your application, it may be determined that you will need to submit a recording of your playing to supplement your resume. You will be notified by January 15, 2018 if you need to submit a recording, or are invited to the preliminary round without one. Those who are asked for a recording must submit it no later than January 30, 2018.

    Both preliminary and final rounds will require you to play on both baroque oboe at A=415 and classical oboe at A=430. The preliminary round will be in two parts; the first part will consist of 5 minutes of baroque oboe, at which point you will leave the room and be given approximately 30 minutes to prepare for the second part, which will be consist of 5 minutes of classical oboe. The final round will be run in a similar fashion, with a break in between baroque and classical rounds, but with a longer time period for each instrument (approximately 10-15 minutes per instrument).


    All musicians performing with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra must own and perform on instruments that are appropriate for Baroque and Classical period historical performance. We do not perform on modern instruments, and orchestra members are not required to own or perform on modern instruments.


    Please prepare the following pieces for both preliminary and final rounds:


    one movement from a BAROQUE concerto of the applicant’s choice
    Bach: Sinfonia from Cantata 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis”
    Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1, movement 1
    Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
    Handel: M’adoro L’idol Mio from Teseo


    Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” movement 2
    Mozart: Oboe Quartet K.370 movement 1
    Rossini – La scala di seta Overture

    Parts for each of these pieces are available to download at http://www.imslp.org. For the final round you may be asked to play the Mozart Quartet with members of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra.

    Delmar Williams
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