Vacancy Principal Oboe (65%)

Residentie Orchestra the Hague, one of the most innovative orchestras in the Netherlands, is proving more than ever before 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 presenting concerts in the Zuiderstrandtheater and will be based in the new educational and cultural complex in the heart of The Hague from 2021. In addition to the symphonic canon, the orchestra also performs new work and cross-over programmes. The orchestra can be heard in the major concert halls both in the Netherlands and abroad. This orchestra, which performs internationally, has throughout its history enjoyed inspirational leadership from a series of chief conductors including Hans Vonk, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.

Nicholas Collon is the current chief conductor and artistic adviser, while Richard Egarr is the principal guest conductor. From the 2021/2022 season, Anja Bihlmaier will take over the role of chief conductor and, in addition to Richard Egarr, Jun Märkl will also join us as our principal guest conductor.

The Residentie Orchestra maintains an emphatic presence in the city, playing open air concerts and providing educational projects at innumerable schools. The orchestra has an established involvement 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, New Year, and King’s Day. Collaborations with local and national partners such as the Dutch National Theatre, Festival Classique, Paard, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Saturday Matinee concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw are just as important.

The ambitions of the orchestra are spearheaded by its educational policy. Every year, more than 30,000 school pupils get involved in the educational projects, placing the Residentie Orchestra at the forefront of musical education in The Hague. The orchestra has developed an educational 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

Principal Oboe (65%)

The position
As Principal oboe, 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 27 April 2021, in the format of a fully completed application form, for which you can find the template down below.

The auditions for this position will be held on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June 2021. 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 Sana van Iddekinge, Head of Personnel & Organisation: or (070) 880 0299.

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