Career Opportunities with the Singapore Symphony

Career

Create the SSO story with us. Revolutionise live performances.  Join the Singapore Symphony Group, and work with one of the leading arts management employers in Singapore. 

One of Asia's leading orchestras, the SSO provides artistic inspiration through its recordings with BIS, international tours, outreach and education, chamber music, and a 30-programme subscription series. Under the baton of Music Director Lan Shui, the SSO currently performs at the world-renowned Esplanade Concert Hall and at its long-term home, the Victoria Concert Hall.

The SSO invites applications from outstanding musicians for the following positions:

 

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Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and abilities.  Annual remuneration starting from SGD 60,000 to SGD 71,400 (approx. USD 44,752 to USD 53,254) per annum.
  • Low personal income tax between 7% and 11.5% for a tax resident.
  • 52 paid weeks a year, including 6 weeks of paid annual leave in addition to statutory holidays and other leave benefits.
  • Medical, dental, work injury compensation, travel insurance and instrument insurance benefits.
  • If you are not a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident, you will be eligible for Contract Gratuity Scheme (an additional SGD 20,000 to SGD 24,000), in place of the CPF (Central Provident Fund, a social security saving plan), when you complete successfully every 2 years of service.

 

Application and audition requirements:

1.      Applications must include:

  • A completed Applicant Information form.
  • A copy of your full resumé.

2.      Please submit your application here: https://form.jotform.me/81409148639464

3.      Closing date for applications: 25th June 2018.

4.      Applicants will be notified of the results by 29th June 2018 and invited for a live audition in Singapore on 21 July 2018.

5.      The application guidance and the audition repertoire can be downloaded here:

6.      Successful applicants who are offered the position, and have accepted it, should commence work within a reasonable period of the offer.

 

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Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and abilities.  Annual remuneration starting from SGD 60,000 to SGD 71,400 (approx. USD 44,752 to USD 53,254) per annum.
  • Low personal income tax between 7% and 11.5% for a tax resident.
  • 52 paid weeks a year, including 6 weeks of paid annual leave in addition to statutory holidays and other leave benefits.
  • Medical, dental, work injury compensation, travel insurance and instrument insurance benefits.
  • If you are not a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident, you will be eligible for Contract Gratuity Scheme (an additional SGD 20,000 to SGD 24,000), in place of the CPF (Central Provident Fund, a social security saving plan), when you complete successfully every 2 years of service.

 

Application and audition requirements:

1.      Applications must include:

  • A completed Applicant Information form.
  • A copy of your full resumé.
  • A video recording of audition excerpts.

2.      Please submit your application form, upload your resume and video recordings here: https://form.jotform.me/81338605207454

3.      Closing date for applications: 24th August 2018.

4.      Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 31st August 2018 and invited for a live audition and trial with the orchestra in the week of 24 September 2018

5.      The application guidance and the audition repertoire can be downloaded here:

6.      Successful applicants who are offered the position, and have accepted it, should commence work within a reasonable period of the offer.

 

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Salary and Benefits

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and abilities.  Annual remuneration starting from SGD 60,000 to SGD 71,400 (approx. USD 44,752 to USD 53,254) per annum.
  • Low personal income tax between 7% and 11.5% for a tax resident.
  • 52 paid weeks a year, including 6 weeks of paid annual leave in addition to statutory holidays and other leave benefits.
  • Medical, dental, work injury compensation, travel insurance and instrument insurance benefits.
  • If you are not a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident, you will be eligible for Contract Gratuity Scheme (an additional SGD 20,000 to SGD 24,000), in place of the CPF (Central Provident Fund, a social security saving plan), when you complete successfully every 2 years of service.

 

Application and audition requirements:

1.      Applications must include:

  • A completed Applicant Information form.
  • A copy of your full resumé.
  • A video recording of audition excerpts.

2.      Please submit your application form, upload your resume and video recordings here: https://form.jotform.me/81338649607466

3.      Closing date for applications: 28th September 2018.

4.      Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 5th October 2018 and invited for a live audition and trial with the orchestra in the week of 29th October 2018

5.      The application form and the audition repertoire can be downloaded here:

6.      Successful applicants who are offered the position, and have accepted it, should commence work within a reasonable period of the offer.

 

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FREELANCE AUDITIONS

The SSO invites applications from suitably experienced musicians who wish to be considered for freelance work with one of Asia’s premier orchestras.

Auditions will be held on:

22 October 2018 for Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Harp

 

Instructions:

Please submit your application form and upload your resume here: https://form.jotform.me/81572014939460

Closing date for applications: 7 October 2018

 

Audition Repertoire:

  1. Flute only / Flute and Piccolo*
  2. Oboe only / Oboe and Cor Anglais*
  3. Clarinet
  4. Bass Clarinet
  5. Bassoon / Bassoon and Contrabassoon*
  6. Horn
  7. Trumpet
  8. Trombone
  9. Tuba
  10. Violin
  11. Viola
  12. Cello
  13. Doublebass

*Please choose whether to audition for just the one instrument indicated or two instruments. But for example, you can either audition for Flute only or Flute and Piccolo. You cannot audition for Piccolo only.

The Singapore Symphony Group (SSG) manages the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, various choral programmes, and concerts at Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO since 1979. The Company’s mission is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent, and enrich our diverse communities. We are one of the leading arts administration employers in Singapore, and we need different talents to support the development of classical music in Singapore. The Company is embarking on an ambitious five-year strategy to build a leading arts organisation that engages, inspires and reflects Singapore through musical excellence.

 

DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC PLANNING

The Director of Artistic Planning holds primary responsibility in the company for developing artistic programmes for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and overseeing the artistic programmes of the choral, youth and chamber music programmes. The Director develops artistically-, socially-, and financially-compelling programme for local audiences, using a consultative approach, taking into account the strategic goals and artistic vision of the Company, balanced against an understanding of operational and resource constraints. This includes working with the chief conductor and senior management on the planning of seasons and concert repertoire, and ensuring that all artistic elements – such as booking of guest artists or scheduling of staff conducting assignments, are professionally-planned, contracted and communicated to production, marketing, and other relevant staff.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reporting structure: Is a member of the senior management team reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. Supervises approximately 6 team members (senior managers, managers, and staff) handling artistic administration, venue planning, community outreach programmes.
  • Lead artistic planning for the Orchestra: Work on the artistic planning for the orchestra in its symphonic, choral, pops, outreach and orchestral chamber music programmes (60 – 70 programmes per year), working closely with the titled conductors, and regular and new guest conductors.
    • Artistic planning should be in close coordination with the Production Team and take into account operational constraints such as venue size, instrumentation limitations, musician health and safety, and a Company-wide view of financial parameters and resources for each production.
    • Plan for new commissions and execute with the Senior Librarian on production deadlines for new commissions.
    • Oversee (personally or by delegation) all concerts, tours, and digital media projects of the Orchestra.
  • Oversee artistic planning and coordination for the Company: Oversee the programming of recitals and chamber music programmes at Victoria Concert Hall (30 – 40 programmes per year).
    • Oversee the artistic programme for the three choruses (Symphony Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choirs), working closely with the respective directors of each choir.
    • Coordinate with the artistic plans of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
    • Coordinate guest artist appearances in areas such as philanthropic, marketing and engagement activities, as part of artist contract discussions.
  • Elevate orchestral engagement with the community: Identify and influence colleagues to pursue opportunities to elevate the Orchestra’s bond with different communities in Singapore through artistic and venue partnerships, focusing on spreading a sustained love for music in the general community and among music practitioners.
  • Build relationships: Establish positive relationships with the international symphonic music community, as a representative of the SSG and SSO, and build the SSO as a world-class performing organisation.
  • Leadership responsibilities: As a senior leader, focus on people and career development of direct and indirect reports. Coordinate with HR and Finance on budget and company policy requirements. Regularly and proactively report, communicate and update other departments on activities and plans. Assist the CEO with special projects as assigned.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for classical music and a minimum of 10 years senior-managerial-level artistic planning experience with a full-time professional symphony orchestra. Candidates with less experience may be considered for the same job, positioned at a Deputy Director level. Possesses a drive to lead the company towards its artistic and social mission.
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher, with in-depth knowledge of symphonic repertoire and their historical and musicological significance, and a familiarity with current guest artists, composers and conductors, and also trends in community engagement programmes.
  • Exceptional organizational and planning skills, good initiative and the ability to work under pressure, with experience supervising the execution of artistic administration, and a broad understanding of orchestral personnel and logistics operations. Familiarity with planning software such as OPAS would be an advantage.
  • Resilient individual with positive energy, an outgoing personality, and excellent interpersonal skills, with experience interacting effectively with artist managers and artists, including orchestra musicians. Diplomacy and sensitivity in communicating and working with a wide and diverse constituency of stakeholders.
  • A nurturing and mentoring approach to working with team members.
  • Familiarity with Singapore, Southeast Asian or Asian symphonic and chamber repertoire, other art forms, and/or other non-profit organizations would be an advantage.
  • The working language is English. Fluency in at least one other language would be an advantage.

 

Please provide a comprehensive resume and cover letter also stating current and expected salaries to excitingcareers@sso.org.sg.

Applicants who fulfill most and not all of the requirements will also be considered. This position is based in Singapore, and all are welcome to apply. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

The closing date for application submissions is 23 June 2018.

 

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CONCERT OPERATIONS OFFICER

The Concert Operations Officer (COp) reports to the Production Manager. He/She will assist in all concert operation and production matters including setups and strikes, executing stage moves, logistics moves and maintenance of equipment, furniture and instruments.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Set up stage layout in preparation for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Move and set up equipment, furniture, instruments, backstage logistic supplies in preparation for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Execute stage moves (furniture, equipment and instruments) during rehearsals and concerts
  • Pack down equipment, furniture, instruments and backstage logistic supplies after rehearsals and concerts.
  • Move instruments to/from different venues for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Support any front/back-of-house activities.
  • Conduct maintenance/repair of stage furniture/equipment and instruments.  
  • Operate basic sound, lighting, AV system for auxiliary events.
  • Perform other duties as required by the company.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum Nitec/Higher Nitec. Diploma or ‘A’ level holders may apply.
  • Able to work nights/weekends/public holidays when needed.
  • Need to be able to commit to overtime work as required (overtime payable).
  • A good attitude and ability to work both independently and well in a team.
  • Basic computing skills/familiar with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Technical theatre, electrical or audiovisual knowledge is an advantage.
  • Applicant should be physically fit as the job is physically demanding.

Please provide a comprehensive resume and cover letter also stating current and expected salaries to excitingcareers@sso.org.sg.  

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

The closing date for application submissions is 7 July 2018.

 

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PRODUCTION CREW (CASUAL)

The Production Crew reports to the Production Manager. He/She will assist in all concert operation and production matters including setups and strikes, executing stage moves, logistics moves and maintenance of equipment, furniture and instruments.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Set up stage layout in preparation for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Move and set up equipment, furniture, instruments, backstage logistic supplies in preparation for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Execute stage moves (furniture, equipment and instruments) during rehearsals and concerts
  • Pack down equipment, furniture, instruments and backstage logistic supplies after rehearsals and concerts.
  • Move instruments to/from different venues for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Support any front/back-of-house activities.  
  • Perform other duties as required by the company.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum ‘O’ level holders. Nitec/Higher Nitec holders may apply.
  • Able to work nights/weekends/public holidays when needed.
  • A good attitude and ability to work both independently and well in a team.
  • Technical theatre, electrical or audiovisual knowledge is an advantage.
  • Applicant should be physically fit as the job is physically demanding.

Please provide a comprehensive resume and cover letter stating current and expected salaries to excitingcareers@sso.org.sg.  

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

The closing date for application submissions is 7 July 2018.

 

 

Get involved and experience what it is like working with the Singapore Symphony Group. Email internship@sso.org.sg for an internship today! 

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