Principal Bassoon 85%

Audition: 30 January 2024, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (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 orchestral solo’s belonging to this position. You are also leader of your group. Not only top class playing but also inspirational group leadership are among your capabilities. 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 orchestras’ 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 evaluations with your section members. You are asked to stimulate a good and collegial collaboration and, if necessary, to discuss and arrange matters with the management or staff.

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 Philzuid 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 variety of opportunities for further self-development as a musician or schooling in other activities that contribute to a sustainable employability. 

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, Philzuid pays heed to Wav (Wet arbeid en vreemdelingen) and appendage laws and regulations. This vacancy is open to all nationalities.


Auditions will take place on 30 January 2024 in Eindhoven. Auditions will consist of three rounds: progression to each following round is by means of the trial committees’ 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 audition. 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

  • W.A. Mozart - Bassoon Concerto KV 191, 1st and 2nd movement with cadenza
  • C. Saint-Saëns - Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 168
  • Several orchestra excerpts and possibly prima vista 


You can respond to this function by no later than 8 December 2023, only by email. Please send us your motivational letter and CV in Dutch or English to, c/o the orchestra inspector Hélène Maurits at For further information, please contact Mrs Maurits at +31 (0)88 1660732.