Assistant Conductor – Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra 2019

About the Heidelberg Symphony

The HSO is widely recognised as one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed non-professional orchestras, enabling it to attract talented and elite musicians from throughout Melbourne. For over four decades, the HSO has been a valuable community asset by providing a venue for non-professional musicians to play and offering an exceptional series of concerts each year to members of the community.

The Orchestra’s members include university students, instrumental music teachers and professionals of other vocations who wish to play in an orchestra which follows a challenging and exciting programme. Its annual concert series excite, enrich and entertain the community with a wide range of orchestral repertoire from classical ballet and opera works, the most demanding orchestral symphonies, and much loved modern classics.

Position Summary

The Assistant Conductor will understudy the Principal Conductor for the 2019 Subscription Series of the Heidelberg Symphony. The successful candidate will be required to attend rehearsals and will have regular podium time in front of the orchestra. The Children’s Concert on Sunday 28 July 2019 (12pm – 5pm) will be conducted exclusively by the Assistant Conductor.

Role Description

• to understudy the Principal Conductor of the Heidelberg Symphony for the 2019 concert season
• assist in rehearsals and possibly concerts
• be available to attend rehearsals on Wednesday evenings 7pm – 10pm during the school term
• be available to attend rehearsals on Friday evenings (4 times per year), 7pm – 10pm, on the week of the concert.
• assisting at concerts, workshops and music camps as required
• possible assistance in rehearsing the associate ensembles within the Heidelberg Orchestras Inc. organisation
• conduct the Children’s Concert(s) on Sunday 29 July 2019 “Peter and the Wolf”.

Key Selection Criteria

• demonstrate high quality conducting skills
• demonstrate a high level of competence as musician – a University standard (diploma level or higher) of proficiency on their principal major study instrument would be an advantage
• previous conducting experience is essential – the resume must state details of past public performance(s) – community or school based performances are acceptable
• ability to relate to adult musicians
• have an enthusiastic and personable character
• be prepared to participate in an audition with current members of the Heidelberg Symphony on the evening of:
Wednesday 30th January 2019.

Audition & Interview

• audition repertoire excerpts:

Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 (1st movement)
Philip Glass – Mechanical Ballet (From The Voyage)
© Copyright 1992 Chester Music Limited.
G Schirmer Australia Pty. Ltd.
Reproduced by Permission of G Schirmer Australia Pty. Ltd.

• Copies of the scores can be downloaded by clicking on this link.

• the candidate will have 20 minutes to conduct the Orchestra during the audition. The candidate is free to use this time in any manner that they choose; however, both orchestral excerpts must be completely played through in their entirety within the audition’s 20 minute time allocation.

• after the audition (taking into account feedback from the playing members of the orchestra), candidates may be requested to attend an additional viva voce interview with the Board of Management.

Key Dates for 2019

Concert 1 – “Russian Knights”
Saturday April 6th at 8 pm
Guest Artist: Yinuo Mu – Harp

Prokofieff Dance of the Knights
Gliere Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in Eb Major
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor

Rehearsals: Wednesday 30/1,6/2,13/2,20/2,27/2,6/3,13/3,20/3,27/3,3/4, Friday 5/4.
All rehearsals 7 – 10 pm

Concert 2 – “Romance & Revolution”

Saturday June 29th at 8 pm
Guest Artist: Jack Schiller – Bassoon
Gould    Star-Spangled Overture
Hummel  Grand Concerto in F Major
Elgar  Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra
Mozart Symphony No.35 “Haffner”
Williams Symphonic Suite from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rehearsals: Wednesday 24/4, 1/5, 8/5, 15/5, 22/5, 29/5, 5/6, 12/6, 19/6, 26/6 Friday 28/6.
All rehearsals 7 – 10 pm

Concert 3 – “New Horizons”
Saturday September 14th at 8pm & Sunday 15th at 2.30pm
Guest Artist: Natsuko Yoshimoto – Violin
Rozsa  El Cid Overture
Stravinsky Violin Concerto in D Major
Mozart  Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra
Daugherty  Radio City

Rehearsals: Wednesday 17/7, 24/7, 28/7, Children’s concert 11.30 – 4.45pm, 31/7, 7/8,14/8,21/8, 28/8,4/9,11/9. Friday 13/9.
All rehearsals 7 – 10 pm

Concert 4 – “Nights in the Gardens of Spain”
Saturday December 7th at 8pm
Guest Artist: Hoang Pham | Piano
Chabrier  Joyeuse Marche
de Falla  Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gottschalk  Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra
Gould  Foster Gallery

Rehearsals: Wednesday 9/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 4/12 Friday 6/12.
All rehearsals 7 – 10 pm


More Information

Heidelberg Symphony’s 2019 Brochure – click here.

Conditions of Employment

The Assistant Conductor will receive an annual honorarium to perform their conducting duties. If additional rehearsals outside of these duties are required, such as rehearsing any of the associate ensembles within the Heidelberg Orchestras Inc. organisation, the Assistant Conductor will be paid on a per call basis in addition to their annual honorarium.

At the Board of Management’s discretion, a review will be held at the completion of the 2019 year with relation to continuing into the 2020 season.


A cover letter, curriculum vitae (a list of repertoire conducted in public performance should be included) and the names of 3 referees are a requirement for this application. If the applicant has any digital video footage of their conducting (in public performance) it will only be accepted as a link to YouTube, a link to a Dropbox folder or other similar cloud based storage. Please note that having such video footage is not a requirement. Please ensure that the web link is accurate when submitting this information. Applications close by Wednesday 23rd January 2019 and should be addressed to:

Heidelberg Orchestras Inc.
Assistant Conductor Review Board

Please note that applications will only be accepted via e-mail.
The resume and covering letter may be sent in the following formats: Microsoft Word or PDF format.