The South Netherlands Philharmonic is a vibrant, professional symphony orchestra with a rich diversity of activities.

The South Netherlands Philharmonic touches people with classical music. The orchestra is known as the professional symphony orchestra in the south of the Netherlands and seeks to connect with all residents of North Brabant, Limburg and Zeeland. The South Netherlands Philharmonic achieves this through a wide range of activities. Like large symphonic concerts with popular repertoire pieces in the concert halls, new concert formulas in unexpected locations, film projects, ancient masterpieces and exciting world premieres. The organized Business events establish business connections with the region and the educational projects allow young people to experience magical moments with music. From season 21-22, the South Netherlands Philharmonic will be conducted by chief conductor Duncan Ward (32) and is an orchestra by and for everyone: a vibrant orchestra that always and everywhere performs at the highest level with inspired musicians and staff members. Under the direction of intendant Stefan Rosu, the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is an orchestra that continuously pushes its boundaries.

We are looking for a:

Principal Viola 75% (with lower chair obligation)

Audition 17 January 2022 Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

(with possible pre selection on the same day)


What does the position entail?

As section leader besides playing your part in the orchestra, you are also required to play the solo scores. You are also in charge of your group. In addition to your tasks on stage, you will be employable more broadly within the orchestra for (educational, innovative and representative) activities that contribute to the orchestra’s efforts to bridge the gap with society. As a representative of your group, you will actively engage in section leaders’ meetings, you will organize and chair your section meetings, and you will conduct performance interviews with your section members. You are asked to stimulate a good and collegial collaboration and, if necessary, discuss and arrange matters with the management or (managers of) staff teams.


Which qualities do we require?

Naturally, you are an excellent musician with demonstrable solo-playing capabilities. Previous experience as a section leader is a plus. In addition, you are prepared to use all your talents and skills – also beyond the artistic scope – in service of the orchestra. You are a team player with a good sense of collaboration. You possess good communication skills and a coaching leadership style.


What can the South Netherlands Philharmonic offer?

A contract for a certain period of time, the so-called trial period, within which two evaluations will take place. In the case of mutual satisfaction and positive assessments, the contract will be prolonged. Primary and secondary employment conditions are based upon the collective labour agreements for Dutch orchestras. Furthermore, we offer a plethora of opportunities for further self-development as a musician or schooling in other activities that contribute to a sustainable employability.


Selection procedure



You can respond to this function by no later than 30 November 2021, only by email. Please send us your motivational letter and CV in Dutch or English to, c/o the orchestra inspector Hélène Maurits at For further information, please contact Mrs Maurits at +31 (0)88 166 07 32.



Auditions will take place on 17 January 2022 in Eindhoven.


Auditions will consist of three rounds: progression to each following round is by means of the trial committee’s assessment. For each round, you may be asked to play several orchestral excerpts; the scores will be sent to you along with the invitation to auditions. In the final round, we will conduct a short interview to assess your leadership qualities. A leadership assessment can become part of the selection procedure.


Obligatory pieces

1st Round:

Stamitz or Hoffmeister concerto D-Dur, 1st part incl. Cadenza

and orchestra excerpts


2nd Round: Bartok or Walton concerto, 1st part,

or Hindemith Schwanendreher, 1st part

and orchestra excerpts


3rd Round:

Brahms Sonata Op. 120, No.1, 1st part or

Brahms Sonata Op. 120, No.2, 1st part

and orchestra excerpts


Further information

The selection committee retains its right to make a pre-selection of candidates based on the provided, textual information. Fees will be determined according to the national collective labour agreements of Dutch orchestras.


With this recruitment and selection procedure, the South Netherlands Philharmonic pays heed to Wav (Wet arbeid en vreemdelingen) and appendage laws and regulations. The law dictates that the South Netherlands Philharmonic will initially look for a suitable candidate for this vacancy form the EEA including the Netherlands, Switserland, or from outside this collective of countries but in possession of a residence permit with no restrictions of employment in the Netherlands.