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Head of Artistic Planning

Artistic planning and leadership focus
Based in Wellington New Zealand

Founded in 1946, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is the country’s national symphony orchestra.  It has a full time complement of 90 musicians and is a touring orchestra presenting up to 100 concerts each year in up to 20 communities across New Zealand.  The NZSO makes film soundtrack and CD recordings and its performances are broadcast by Radio New Zealand.

Maestro Edo de Waart is the NZSO’s Music Director and the Orchestra attracts many of the world’s leading conductors and soloists each year.

The NZSO is seeking an experienced Head of Artistic Planning as part of the senior management team, to work closely with the Chief Executive, the Artistic Planning team, the Orchestra Management team and the Marketing and Development team.  This is the senior role in the Artistic Planning Department and will take responsibility for leading the NZSO’s Artistic Planning activities including artistic programme strategy, design, planning and implementation.

The successful candidate will have experience in a senior artistic role with a professional orchestra or similar, demonstrated expertise and knowledge of the orchestral repertoire and strong international industry networks.

For further information please review the attached job description.  To apply please complete the application form and send that together with a cover letter and your c.v. to

Applications close:
Sunday 18 June 2017


Position Description
Application Form 


Associate Principal 2nd Violin (2nd chair)

We are currently recruiting for the position of Associate Principal 2nd Violin with the NZSO.

These auditions are open to both local and international applicants. Auditions may be taken in person or via recording

For further information, please review the attached audition information.  To apply please complete the application form and send along with your c.v. to


Applications close: Monday 31 July 2017 
Live auditions in Wellington: 14 August 2017


Audition Information
Audition Requirements 
Application Form

Casual Auditions

Musicians seeking casual work with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding a copy of current c.v. and contact details to:

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

There are no set dates for casual auditions. Auditions are scheduled at mutually suitable times throughout the year.


About the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Music Director: Edo de Waart

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is New Zealand’s national orchestra. One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, it has charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings for 68 years.

Today, the NZSO is recognised as an outstanding orchestra of international stature. It continues to grow and develop artistically, taking a challenging and varied programme of music to communities throughout New Zealand.

Why move to Wellington?

Wellington is not only the country’s capital but also the arts hub of New Zealand. In addition to being the home of NZSO, it is also the residence of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Chamber Music New Zealand, and the NZ Festival.

Wellington is one of ‘2015’s hottest cities’, according to BBC Travel:

Not only does Wellington have a bustling café and craft beer scene, but in 2015 the city of 200,000 people is celebrating its 150th year as New Zealand’s capital.

New Zealand has also been named the world’s best country, according to the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards. It is the third year running that New Zealand has won best-country honours.

To find out more about Wellington, visit

What our players say about living in NZ

Peter Dykes, Associate Principal Oboe (originally from UK): “New Zealand is a country where there are endless opportunities to enjoy whatever one may be interested in, alongside playing in an international standard orchestra. As well as the general high standard of living in New Zealand, one can enjoy being a part of the vibrant Wellington community, where there are numerous leisure and lifestyle activities to suit every possible palate.”

Carolyn Mills, Section Principal Harp (originally from USA): “New Zealand is a fantastic place to live and work, and I feel extremely fortunate to have found myself here. I love playing with the NZSO and am always inspired by my colleagues, and by the warmth of the people here. It’s a very easy place to feel at home.”