Vacature: Principal Trumpet

with lower chair obligation 75% and Piccolo Trumpet obligation

We are an orchestra from and for everyone. We continually push our boundaries by seeking new challenges that touch people of all ages in heart, mind, and soul. We are known for our grand symphonic concerts, but we are also creators. We develop new concert formats in unexpected locations. We take pride in our educational programs. Small ensembles visit elementary schools to let students experience live classical music. In theaters, primary and secondary school students meet the entire symphony orchestra and actively participate in our performances. The orchestra is led by our chief conductor, Duncan Ward. From Eindhoven and Maastricht, we are connected to all residents of Limburg, North Brabant, and Zeeland, as well as far beyond, both nationally and internationally. With our music, we aim to surprise. We provide everyone with unforgettable moments of happiness. We are the symphony orchestra of the South.

We are looking for:

Principal Trumpet with lower chair obligation 75% and Piccolo Trumpet obligation

Audition 5 September 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 orchestra’s 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 interviews 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 (managers of) staff teams. 

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. 

Selection procedure

Auditions will take place on 5 September 2024  in Eindhoven. 

Auditions will consist of three rounds: progression to each following round is by means of the trial committee’s 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 auditions. 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
Joseph Haydn - Trumpet concerto in Es 
George Enescu - Legende
And orchestral excerpts and Piccolo Trumpet excerpts

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, the Philzuid pays heed to Wav (Wet arbeid en vreemdelingen) and appendage laws and regulations. The auditions are open to all nationalities.

You can respond to this function by no later than 5 July 2024, 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)88 166 07 32.