Vacancy Principal Clarinet (65%, Reform Boehm/German system)

Residentie Orkest 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 Orkest 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 Orkest 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.

The Residentie Orkest has an immediate vacancy for:

Principal Clarinet (65%, Reform Boehm/German system)

The position
The clarinet section currently comprises a principal player and a 2nd/ Eb clarinet player. To add to this, we are now looking for an extra principal player. You will also be adaptable for educational and outreach activities and stage performances in smaller settings. We might ask you to occasionally play services in 2nd chair. That only applies in the case of insufficient work on 1st chair.

Requirements for the position
It goes without saying that you will be a distinguished clarinettist. We ask for an open attitude towards authentic performance styles as well as contemporary music. You must also have the leadership qualities that will allow you to inspire the section and create synergy, both musically and within the section as a whole. The position also means you will be contributing towards the orchestra’s overall quality and you will be involved in literally “setting the tone” for the orchestra. You will find it enjoyable and important to cooperate in educational and social activities and projects, as well as ensemble work, in addition to your podium activities in the section. You must be a positive, engaged section leader who can strike the right balance between individuality and sectional playing; in other words, a team player!
The position will be open to all players who play on Reform Boehm or German system clarinets.

Applications and procedure
Please submit your application no later than 24 January 2020, in the format of a fully completed application form on the bottom of this page. A link to a recent, representative video clip with your own choice of repertoire is also a prerequisite.
The auditions will be held on Tuesday afternoon 3 March 2020 (preliminary and 1st rounds) and on Wednesday afternoon 4 March 2020 (final round).

Compulsory repertoire:
Preliminary round: Mozart Clarinet Concerto, 1st movement exposition
1st round: Brahms Clarinet Sonata no. 1 in F minor, first half of first movement.
Final round:
– Mozart Clarinet Concerto, 1st movement exposition
– Debussy – 1e Rhapsody, start to figure 6
– a part from a wind quintet, yet to be decided, to be played alongside some of the orchestra’s other wind players
Each round will also include one or more orchestral excerpts.

The selection panel reserves the right to make a pre-selection from those submitting written applications. An application interview will be part of the application process, which may also include a trial. For any further information about the process, feel free to contact Sana van Iddekinge (Head of HR), at or +31(0)70 880 0299.

Other 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 more information about Residentie Orkest on our website at