Music Director Jaap van Zweden

Announces the following vacancy:

Contrabassoon/Bassoon – 1 position

All candidates have the choice of playing a live preliminary audition in New York or sending a recording of your preliminary audition. The repertoire is the same for both options. You will be asked to indicate your preference between a live or recorded preliminary audition when submitting your application.

Due to the limited availability of David Geffen Hall, some applicants who wish to play a live preliminary audition may be asked to submit a recorded audition. If we cannot accommodate a live audition, we will notify you by Friday, March 24.

All candidates participating in live auditions must provide proof of vaccination status including one booster shot.

Application Deadline
Monday, March 13, 2023
You will be asked to submit a one-page resume as a Word Document or PDF file as part of your application.

Deadline to Submit Recorded Preliminary Audition
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Recording Instructions (.pdf)

Live Preliminary Auditions
Thursday, April 27 & Friday, April 28, 2023

Semi-Final Auditions
Saturday, April 29, 2023

Final Auditions
Sunday, June 11, 2023
An accompanist will be provided for the concerto in the final round. There may be sight-reading in the final round.
Finalists may be required to play trial weeks with the New York Philharmonic as part of the final audition process.

Repertoire lists
Master Repertoire (.pdf)
Preliminary Repertoire (.pdf)

Employment will commence by mutual agreement based upon the winning candidate’s availability and the New York Philharmonic schedule.

Offered positions are contingent upon the winning candidate’s ability to obtain proper work authorization making them eligible to work for the New York Philharmonic.

Base scale is $153,504 for the 52-week 2022-2023 season.

All questions or inquiries should be directed to

The New York Philharmonic is an equal opportunity employer, and is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS). NAAS is an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras, and offers grants to support audition-related travel expenses. Learn more at