There is only one double bass orchestral vacancy listed in this month’s International Musician. That’s right–one job! Not even any per-service jobs are listed this month. The job is for principal bass of the Spokane Symphony, and the details are listed below.
The 2007-08 salary for this position is $20,462.40, and it will increase to $22,120.20 in 2008-09 and $24,174.87 in 2009-10. This is a bit light on the bucks, but Spokane is a very cheap place to live, and there may be some other employment opportunities (adjunct university positions, private teaching, other gig opportunities), so it may worth considering auditioning for this position.
From the Spokane Symphony website:
We are looking for an outstanding bassist to join our Core Orchestra for the 2007-2008 season. If you are interested in auditioning for this opportunity to be a part of this exceptional and innovative Regional Orchestra, and to live and work in Spokane, send your one-page professional and educational resume to Gale Coffee to schedule your audition for the morning of April 28, 2007 at the Bing Crosby Theatre, corner of Lincoln and Sprague. The position begins Sept. 1, 2007.
Here is the audition list and other relevant information:
Beginning September 1, 2007
Core Orchestra 2007-2008 season: 174 Service guarantee, $20,462.40 minimum salary
Instrument and partially paid (50% Individual) Health Insurance provided
4% AFM Pension paid
(Under the SSO’s new 4 year contract, the minimum salary for this position will be $22,120.20 in 2008-09, and $24,174.87 in 2009-10 seasons)
(If this position is won by a SSO Musician, the respective vacated position may be offered to runner-up.
Winning candidate(s) must be able to provide proof of
I. Prepared solo: Each candidate shall be allowed to perform not less than two (2) minutes of a solo of candidate’s choice without accompaniment.
II. Prepared Orchestral Excerpts
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: Scherzo: Trio: Beginning to 18 measures before B, 6 measures after B to 23 measures after B.
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9: 4th Movement: Recitative to measure 50 of Allegro Assai (2nd measure of A)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2: 4th Movement: Beginning to 11 measures after B (meas. 66)
BRITTEN A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Variation H.
GINASTERA Variations Concertantes: No. XI, Ripresa dal Tema per Contrabasso (Adagio molto espressivo)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5: lst Movement: 22 to four measures after 26
STRAUSS, R. Ein Heldenleben: 9 to 11, 40–41, 2 measures before 61 to 63, 77–78
MAHLER Symphony No. 2: lst Movement: Beginning to 17 measures after 1
MAHLER Symphony No. 1: 3rd Movement: beginning through meas. 10.
PROKOFIEV Lt. Kije: 2nd Movement: Romance (Song)
III. Sightreading: A group of excerpts will be chosen for sightreading.
IV. Audition by Tape: Candidates whose unavoidable circumstances require them to be a distance of more than three hundred (300) miles from