Vacancy for 1st Oboe (65%)

Residentie Orkest The Hague, one of the most innovative orchestras in the Netherlands, is more than ever proving the importance of symphonic music for a large and wide audience, even in the 21st century. Since the summer of 2015, the orchestra has been giving concerts in the Zuiderstrandtheater and it will be based in the new educational and cultural complex in the heart of The Hague from 2021. As well as the symphonic canon, the orchestra also regularly performs crossover programmes at the Paard venue, which attract mainly students and young professionals.  The orchestra appears in nearby cities such as Leiden and can be heard on many major concert platforms at home and abroad. The resident conductors at the moment are Jan Willem de Vriend (until the summer of 2019) and Nicholas Collon, who is the new principal conductor and artistic adviser from the summer of 2018. Richard Egarr will be the orchestra’s principal guest conductor from the summer of 2019.

Residentie Orkest The Hague maintains a prominent presence in the city, playing open air concerts and providing educational projects at innumerable schools. The orchestra is firmly involved  in such important events as the annual Troonrede, or King’s Speech. The orchestra also celebrates major public holidays alongside the population of The Hague and surrounding area, with concerts at Christmas and New Year and on King’s Day. Collaborations with local and national partners such as the Dutch National Theatre, Festival Classique, Paard, Dutch National Opera, the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Saturday Matinee concert series are equally important.

Residentie Orkest The Hague’s ambitions are spearheaded by its educational policy. Every year, more than 30,000 school pupils get involved in the educational projects, putting the orchestra at the forefront of musical education in The Hague. The orchestra has developed an education and outreach programme for all ages, providing a major contribution to social cohesion in the city.

Residentie Orkest The Hague has an immediate vacancy for

1st Oboe (65%)

The position
As 1st oboist, you will have a joint responsibility for the tonal colour of the woodwind section and you’ll be at ease motivating and inspiring your colleagues. In your role as a principal, you’ll lead your section and make a contribution to orchestral management, which will include coaching and support, as well as keeping an eye out for the members of your section. You must have the flexibility to undertake educational projects and stage presentations in smaller settings.

Requirements for the position
It goes without saying that you are a distinguished oboist and that you also have an affinity for and interest in contemporary music. You will find it enjoyable and important to take part in educational and ensemble projects alongside your podium activities. You will be a positive an engaged team player with attributes of openness and flexibility.

Applications and procedure
Please submit your application no later than 17 February 2019, in the format of a fully completed application form, for which you can find the template below.

The auditions for this position will be held on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2019. Compulsory works:

Mozart: from the Oboe Concerto (KV314), 1st movement with cadenza and 2nd movement
Strauss: from the Oboe Concerto, 1st movement and 2nd movement with cadenza
orchestral parts yet to be determined

The selection committee reserves the right to make a pre-selection from those submitting the written applications. An application interview will be part of the selection process. You may obtain further information about the procedure by contacting Lorraine Décombe, administration employee, at or (070) 880 0224.

Additional information
To be eligible for this position, you must hold a valid and unrestricted work and residence permit for the Netherlands if you are from a country outside the EU. We will ask for a Certificate of Conduct [Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag (VOG)] on making the appointment. You can find further information about Residentie Orkest The Hague on our website at