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Audition Process for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

A limited number of highly qualified applicants will be invited to these auditions. We can only accept résumés for vacancies with scheduled auditions. The Audition Committee of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

There are no musician positions open at this time.

Organization Description: Under the musical direction of Nicholas McGegan for 30 years, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) is recognized as America’s leading historically-informed ensemble. Using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions of the Baroque to early-Romantic periods, the Orchestra engages audiences through its signature Bay Area series, national tours, recordings, commissions, and education of the highest standard.
Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area 35 years ago, the ensemble is the largest of its kind in the United States and is known for its versatility in programming and joyful performances. PBO’s musicians are among the best in the country and serve on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Harvard University, among others. The Orchestra performs an annual subscription season in four venues throughout the Bay Area and has its own professional chorus, the
Philharmonia Chorale. It welcomes eminent guest artists including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, countertenor David Daniels, mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter, fortepianist Emanuel Ax, maestro Richard Egarr, to name a few.

The Orchestra enjoys numerous collaborations, including a regular partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group. PBO gave the U.S. premieres of Morris’ highly-acclaimed production’s of Purcell’s King Arthur, and Rameau’s ballet-opera Platee. In April 2014, PBO gave the U.S. premiere of MMDG’s Acis and Galatea at Cal Performances. It was reprised in August 2014 with three performances at the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. PBO also returned to
Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival that August to reprise its acclaimed 2013 production of Handel’s opera Teseo. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Weill Concert Hall at the Green Music Center, the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Among the most recorded orchestras in the world, PBO boasts a discography of more than 40 recordings and launched its own label in 2011, on which it has released nine recordings, including a coveted archival performance of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Berlioz’s Les Nuits D’ete, and received a GRAMMY nomination for its recording of Haydn symphonies. The Orchestra just released its modern North American premiere of Alessandro
Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera that coincided with its May 2016 tour. PBO comissioned its first work, a one-act opera, To Hell and Back, by acclaimed composer Jake Heggie, in 2002. Audiences heard the world premiere of Red, Red Rose by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw at Walt Disney Concert Hall in May 2016. The piece was written for and was performed by mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter. This unique tour also included works by
Handel, Purcell and Arvo Pärt. The Orchestra’s alternative concert series for younger and new audiences – PBO SESSIONS – has regularly sold-out since its inception in 2014.



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