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Assistant Principal Double Bass (3rd Chair)

We are recruiting for the position of Assistant Principal Double Bass (3rd Chair). These auditions are open to local and international applicants.

The NZSO is at the pinnacle of orchestral achievement in New Zealand and is recognised as an orchestra of international standing. We continue to grow and develop artistically, taking a challenging and varied programme of music to communities throughout New Zealand. One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, we have charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings for more than 70 years.



Live auditions will take place on Monday 7 October 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. Candidates will be advised on arrival at the audition which excerpts will be required. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra tunes at A440. Auditions will be unaccompanied. 


If you are unable to travel to Wellington for the live auditions, you may submit a filmed audition recording (must be video and audio).

Please note:

  • Auditions must be recorded unaccompanied and must be video and audio
  • Recorded auditions must not be edited (other than cuts between excerpts)
  • Recorded auditions must all be recorded on the same day, in the same venue.
  • Each excerpt should be submitted in a separate file, with filenames as per the Audition Requirements document.
  • We recommend using a high quality microphone in a professional recording environment.  

Only recordings that follow the auditions requirements will be accepted.

All documents and recordings should be submitted electronically at by Friday 27 September 2019


The successful candidate/s will be invited to play for a trial period with the orchestra. You will be notified of the results soon after the audition date. 

If you have any queries or require details of conditions and remuneration, please do not hesitate to contact us via the email address or telephone number below. We look forward to receiving all applications and recorded auditions by Friday 27 September 2019.

NZSO Auditions Coordinator        or phone +64 275 745 292