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Orchestra Toronto is auditioning for the position of Principal Bassoon

Orchestra Toronto seeks a Principal Bassoonist.

Orchestra Toronto is one of Canada’s oldest community orchestras. We are auditioning for a principal bassoonist to start as of January 5, 2023 until our June 4th 2023 concert. This will include three remaining concerts for the season.

The position does include a stipend of $485-$550 per concert cycle (5 cycles per year).

Orchestra Toronto performs an orchestra subscription season of 5 concerts in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre at 5040 Yonge St., as well as occasional outreach performances in and around the GTA. Performances usually take place on Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals usually take place Thursday evenings from 7:30 until 10:00pm in the Meridian Arts Centre in North York.

Auditions will take place in person on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

To Apply

Applicants will submit their résumé by Monday, November 28 , 2022.

The requirements are:

Perform a solo work, whether it be a study, movement of a sonata or exposition of a concerto of the applicants own choosing that they feel demonstrates their strengths from the Royal Conservatory of Music Bassoon Syllabus, Grade 10 or above. If you wish to play a work that is not listed in the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus it must be a work of an equivalent level. You must give prior notification to the personnel manager in writing and receive approval in return prior to the audition.

Please prepare the following excerpts:

  • Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Overture, m. 1-7; m. 101-123
  • Ravel: Bolero from reh. #2 to #3
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, op. 35: 2nd movement, solo plus the cadenzas
  • Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Beginning to 2 measures before reh. #4
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6 mov’t 1

There will be an interview session for each candidate to explain why they would be a good principal player for this orchestra.

Information on Orchestra Toronto can also be found at our website:

Interested candidates should contact John McGregor at: or at:

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