The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra invites applications for the above position, which is funded in part by The Canada Council for the Arts.
This position is open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants.
A letter of application, with curriculum vitae, should be supported by no more than three music scores and recordings. The scores do not necessarily need to be orchestral works. Midi recordings are not acceptable.
Applications should arrive at the VSO office by: Friday, December 17, 2010
The applications will be reviewed by the VSO’s Music Director and Vice-President of Artistic Operations & Education. Candidates will be invited for an interview with an advisory panel consisting of the VSO’s Music Director; President & CEO; Vice-President of Artistic Operations & Education; and invited musicians of the Orchestra. All applications will be treated in confidence. The decision of the VSO will be final and binding.
The position is for a two-year period, from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2013. There will be the possibility of a renewal for a third year. Compensation range: $35,000-$40,000 per annum.
Only successful applicants will be contacted. Should you wish to have your scores and recordings returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Applications and supporting materials should be sent to:
Vice-President, Artistic Operations & Education
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5G1
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra wishes to appoint a Composer-in-Residence to begin working with the Orchestra from September 2011. The Orchestra is committed to offering the successful candidate the full support and benefits of this organization. With the VSO’s ongoing commitment to contemporary music, we see an in-house creative input into what is essentially a re-creative organization, as being an integral part of the continuing progress and development of the Orchestra.
It is the policy of the VSO that the Music Director, Concertmaster and Principal players perform in each series from Kids Koncerts through to Educational, Pops, Musically Speaking, and Masterworks concerts. The successful applicant will be required to participate as a composer in many of these series.
An accessibility of style and language will be particularly useful in Kids Koncerts and Educational concerts. This does not mean writing popular tunes. Britten and Bartok both wrote successfully for children without compromising their styles. We see a considerable role for the appointee in working directly with our younger audiences in order to communicate the role of the composer.
With our adult audiences, in addition to providing works for performance, the successful candidate will be expected to encourage our audience to listen to contemporary works through pre-concert talks, and will lend support to Canadian composers.
The successful candidate will be expected to advise the Music Director and the Vice-President of Artistic Operations & Education on the suitability of other composers’ works for performance by the VSO. He/She will provide a focal point for composers wishing to send their work to the VSO for performance consideration.
The successful candidate will work closely with the Music Director and the Vice-President of Artistic Operations & Education, both as advisor and researcher, as required. In addition, he/she may be called upon to assist the Vice-President of Artistic Operations & Education with those performances requiring video production.
When required, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in pre-concert talks, lectures and seminars; and provide written material, articles, programme notes, etc. for the VSO’s house programme, Allegro. If the successful candidate is skilled as a conductor or instrumentalist, he/she may be called upon to conduct or perform where appropriate, as part of the position of Composer-in-Residence. It is not the desire of the VSO to create a situation for the successful composer to simply create new works. We are looking to benefit not only the Composer-in-Residence, but also our Orchestra and our audience. The above is intended as a summary of the opportunities which will be available to the successful candidate. The VSO Composer-in-Residence will also be expected to display initiative within the organization, in order to find the best role for himself or herself.
The Composer-in-Residence will be required to be resident in Vancouver for the duration of the residency period, and to participate in the community’s musical life where this is not detrimental to the VSO. Ultimately and principally, our Composer-in-Residence will need to speak to us through his/her music.