Chance to work with national orchestra

Scotland’s national orchestra is looking for that special someone to take up the role of assistant conductor.

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) assistant conductorship would start in the autumn and is a two-year post.

The scheme is a rare opportunity for conductors keen to develop their talent and experience, and previous post-holders have found that their time with a major symphony orchestra significantly improved their career prospects.

Peter Oundjian
Current RSNO associate conductor Jean-Claude Picard has been appointed from the position of RSNO Assistant Conductor for the final year of his extended tenure with the orchestra.

As well as leading the RSNO for programmes as part of the orchestra’s season, its learning and engagement activities and for partners Children’s Classic Concerts, Mr Picard has conducted performances for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations and the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

He has also worked alongside internationally recognised visiting soloists and conductors to the RSNO.
Successful candidates will be invited to the RSNO Centre in May for an audition with full orchestra, where applicants will be invited to conduct a mixture of repertoire.

Following the audition three candidates will be invited to the final round of interviews, from which the new RSNO assistant conductor will be selected.
As RSNO assistant conductor, the successful candidate will conduct a variety of the orchestra’s concerts, and will also play an active role in engaging audiences and communities throughout Scotland. In addition to many conducting opportunities, a key aspect of the role is to receive a supportive mentoring and learning environment, through ongoing professional evaluation and guidance from RSNO music director Peter Oundjian and player-mentors in the orchestra.

Peter Oundjian

Furthermore, the new appointment will have the opportunity to work with many guest conductors, and develop the multi-faceted leadership, organisational and public address skills required of modern conductors.
Mr Picard said: “What I have learned at the RSNO through my previous role as assistant conductor has by far exceeded my expectations. The experience I have gained here is beyond measurement.

“This position offers, to name but a few, the opportunity to closely work with world class musicians, conductors, and administrative staff, conduct numerous performances each year, from children’s concerts to main winter season presentations, and develop one's skills as a public speaker. I do believe that what the RSNO offers through this position is one of the finest learning opportunities in Europe for emerging conductors."

Anyone interested in the post should send a covering letter, CV, repertoire list, video work sample and full contact information for three professional references by e-mail only to  But you better be quick – the deadline is Monday, February 8.


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