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Principal timpani, Oulu Sinfonia - Oulun kaupunki

The Oulu Symphony Orchestra invites applications for the position of PRINCIPAL TIMPANI. The position also includes an obligation to play percussions.

Oulu Symphony Orchestra is composed of 61 musicians and is the northernmost symphony orchestra in Finland. The Oulu Symphony Orchestra performs traditional symphony concerts, as well as a wide range of musical genres. Madetoja hall at the Oulu Music Center has 816 seats.

The task is to act as principal timpani in the symphony orchestra. The principal timpani is expected to maintain his/her playing skills and carry out all other tasks within the area of responsibility.

The position requires excellent playing skills and good social interaction skills.

Bonuses for previous work experience shall be added to the pay in accordance with the Collective Agreement along with compensations for costume and musical instrument. In addition, will be paid locally agreed media and media usage compensation.

The audition will be held on Monday the 19th of September 2022 starting at 10am (Finnish time) at the Madetoja Hall, Leevi Madetojan katu 1-3, Oulu, Finland.

The timpani layout is so that the lowest pitch is on the left. The auditioners will have the possibility to familiarize themselves with the instruments used in the audition on 18th of September 2022. More information on this will be sent to those who are invited to the audition.

Audition repertoire:

- Timpani: Nick Woud - Etude no.16 from THE TIMPANI CHALLENGE 30 timpani studies.
- Snare drum: Jacques Delécluse - Etude no.1 from THE TWELVE STUDIES for the drum.
- Xylophone: Dmitri Shostakovich - The Bolt, orchestra suite (excerpt)
- orchestral excerpts sent after the application period.

Scores for the mandatory pieces are downloadable from the website of Oulu Symphony Orchestra starting 20th of June:

Orchestral music repertoire will be sent as PDF to persons invited to the audition after the closing date for submitting applications.

The one who will be appointed to this position must submit a medical certificate for his/her state of health before accepting the position. The City of Oulu applies a probationary period of six (6) months in its permanent positions.

Applications should primarily be submitted through the electronic application form. Alternatively, applications can be submitted to the address Oulun kaupungin kirjaamo, PL 71, 90015 Oulun kaupunki, visiting address Kansankatu 55 A. Applications must include the position-specific register number OUKA/7801/2022. Closing date for submitting applications is 22 August 2022 at 3pm (Finnish time).

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For more information, please contact Saara Niemelä, the human resources and economic, email, tel. +358 40 749 9914. Will be on holiday from 17th of June until 2nd of August so not be contacted daily.

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Oulun kaupunki, Sivistys- ja kulttuuripalvelut, Kulttuuripalvelut, Orkesteri

Oulu. Born in the gentle embrace of the waters, a down-to-earth city with its feet planted in the northern soil, developing on nature’s terms. Our Northern ways are made up of a relaxed hospitality, bold deeds, and tenacity – the keys to success. Our superpowers are our diverse people and neighbourhoods and the rich and varied nature of the Oulu Region. We offer you the space, the time, and the opportunity for encounters that may shape your entire life.

The City of Oulu employs about 11,000 people – a higher grade of jobs, naturally.

Address: Leevi Madetojan katu 1-3, 90140 Oulu

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