Odense Symphony Orchestra seeking
Assistant Conductor for academic year 24/25

Odense Symphony Orchestra (65 positions) is auditioning for an Assistant Conductor Friday April 26th 2024 in Odense, Denmark.

What OSO can offer an Assistant Conductor
OSO can offer an Assistant Conductor the opportunity to conduct several concert productions during fall 2024 and spring of 2025. The productions will be selected according to the conductor’s profile and abilities with emphasis on outreach productions.
Furthermore, the Assistant Conductor will be mentored by Chief Conductor Pierre Bleuse (OSO and Ensemble Intercontemporain) and be present for all the chief conductor’s production weeks in Odense.
The Assistant Conductor will be invited into the planning process of OSO future seasons as well as PR and marketing for own and future concerts.

The Assistant Conductor’s overall fee is dependent on the candidate’s abilities but will be comparable to industry standards – not exceeding DKK 100.000 for the academic year. Travel costs are covered by OSO for all periods.

Who can apply for OSO Assistant Conductor
The focus of OSO is the offer the position to a conductor who is in their final year of conducting studies or who has concluded a relevant conducting education/training, on the brink of a professional career. You aim to develop your classical conducting skills, on top of being curious and familiar to leading outreach productions that can have both classical and crossover qualities.
We encourage any ambitious conductor to apply, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and affiliation. Some experience conducting a professional symphony orchestra is expected.

How to apply
Deadline for applying is Monday March 18th 2024 12 noon CET.

Candidates apply by filling out the following link:


Only application via the link above will be considered.

OSO asks for the following information in the application:

  • Name, address and all relevant contact information.
  • Link to 1 or 2 good quality videos (maximum total length 15 minutes) of the applicant conducting chamber orchestra or symphony orchestra.
  • Curriculum Vitae + relevant proof of current or concluded conducting studies.

The applications will be reviewed by CEO Trine Boje Mortensen, Chief Conductor Pierre Bleuse and a representative of the OSO musicians.

Up to 8 applying candidates will be invited to audition. The audition will take place in the Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense Concert House.
All candidates will be informed if they are invited March 22nd 2024.

Audition repertoire will be excerpts of 4-5 works from the standard, symphonic repertoire and from the current season of OSO. The repertoire will be announced on the OSO webpage no later than March 8th.

Download excertps here

The candidates reaching the final audition round will have an interview with CEO Trine Boje Mortensen and the rest of the jury prior to announcing the audition result.

The Assistant Conductor must obtain a Danish work and residence permit if they don’t hold EU/EEA passport. The process of obtaining these documents is the responsibility of both the applicant and OSO.

About OSO
Odense Symphony Orchestra is one of Denmark’s five regional orchestras. The orchestra was founded in 1946, but its roots go back to around 1800. From being a theatre orchestra that also played symphonic music, the orchestra today appears as a modern symphony orchestra with a high level of activity. The orchestra’s repertoire has a wide range and covers everything from film concerts, chamber music and family concerts to the great symphonic works and opera, such as Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
The orchestra performs around 100 concerts a year. The majority of the concerts take place in the Carl Nielsen Hall in Odense’s Concert House, but the orchestra tours throughout Denmark and the rest of the world.

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