Audition postings

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Nicolas Ellis, Artistic director
and
Xavier Roy, president

announce openings for the following positions:

  • Concertmaster
  • Principal violin 2
  • Principal viola
  • Principal cello
  • Principal bass

Auditions for the positions listed above will take place at the Department of Music of the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) October 27 and 28, 2016 between 1pm – 9:30 pm. View the audition repertoire.

A bursary of $1500.00 is offered for the strings section leaders, and a bursary of $300.00/concert for the musicians for their participation in the activities of the Agora Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 concert season.

Deadline for applications: October 14, 2016 

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of intention, a CV and a photo before midnight October 14, 2016. Please send all material to Laurence Collerette, administrative coordinator of the Agora Symphony Orchestra:
lcollerette.osa@gmail.com

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR STRING QUARTETS —

Pre-formed string quartets or musicians who desire to form a string quartet for the these auditions are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition to the announced orchestra season, the selected string quartet will be offered opportunities to perform in chamber music concerts, outreach activities, and school workshops. Renumeration for these activities are in addition the announced positions. Conditions to be discussed with the successful candidates. In addition to the individual auditions, interested string quartets will be heard in the following repertoire:

  • first movement of a string quartet by Haydn (op.54,55,64), Mozart (6 quartets dedicated to Haydn) or Beethoven (op. 18)
  • one movement from a contrasting style

Description:

  1. Schedule of rehearsals and concerts for the 2016-17 season

Interested candidates must be available for all of the following dates:

Date

Location

Activity

November 18, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:30pm UQAM, Département de musique, local F-3080 Rehearsal
November 18, 2016, 6:00pm – 10:30pm UQAM, Département de musique, local F-3080 Rehearsal
November 19, 2016, 10:00am – 12:30pm Church of St.Andrew and St.Paul Dress rehearsal
November 19, 2016, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Church of St.Andrew and St.Paul Concert
December 7 2016, 3:30pm – 6:00pm Radio-Canada, salle de répétition A Rehearsal
December 7 2016, 7:30pm – 10:00pm Radio-Canada, salle de répétition A Rehearsal
December 8 2016, 9:30am – 12:00am Radio-Canada, salle de répétition A Rehearsal
December 8 2016, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Église St-Jean-Baptiste Dress rehearsal
December 9 2016, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Église St-Jean-Baptiste Concert
April 4 2017, 9:00am – 11:30am Conservatoire de Montréal Rehearsal
April 4 2017, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Conservatoire de Montréal Rehearsal
April 6 2017, 9:00am – 11:30am Conservatoire de Montréal Rehearsal
April 6 2017, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Conservatoire de Montréal Rehearsal
April 7 2017, 2:00pm – 4:30pm Salle Pierre-Mercure Dress rehearsal
April 7 2017, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Salle Pierre-Mercure Concert
  1. Educational activities

The selected candidates will participate in a series of school workshops in conjonction with the music program “Partageons Espoir”. The schedule and the compensation for these activities will be arranged with the selected candidates.

  1. Chamber music

The violinists, violist and cellist selected during these auditions will become the ASO’s “quartet in residence”. The members of the quartet will work in conjunction with the artistic director to put in place a series of chamber music concerts. The schedule of the concerts and the compensation for these concerts to be discussed with the selected candidates.