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February 22, 2024

Auditions for the Position of Co-Concertmaster

Les Violons du Roy and Jonathan Cohen are announcing
for the position of co-concertmaster

The position of co-concertmaster alternates between the roles of concertmaster and principal second violin.

Audition Date: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2024

Place: Palais Montcalm, 995 Place D’Youville, Quebec City

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Candidates are asked to submit a one-page resume to:

Jean Poitras
Orchestra Personnel Manager
Les Violons du Roy et La Chapelle de Québec
995 place D’Youville, Quebec City (Quebec) Canada G1R 3P1

For more information
Telephone: +1 (581) 398-6389

Candidates are welcome to send audio or video files at their own discretion. A PDF copy of the audition repertoire (see below) will be made available on demand.

Under the authority of the Music Director and the Director of Artistic Administration, the concertmaster alternates between the positions of concertmaster and leader of the 2nd violins (approximately 50% of programs, in agreement with the concertmaster).

Under the current collective bargaining agreement of Les Violons du Roy, the co-concertmaster will receive a salary of $1,561.27 per week of work, over a guaranteed annual minimum of 34 weeks. Les Violons du Roy offer group insurance (health, life, accident, and employee-assistance), contributions to a pension fund, and vacation plans. Musicians of Les Violons du Roy are eligible for employment benefits for weeks not worked and must be members of the GMMQ and the American Federation of Musicians.

Les Violons du Roy play on modern instruments but use baroque bows for pre-1750 repertoire, and classical (transitional) bows for works from the Classical period. For the audition, the baroque bow is mandatory for baroque repertoire. The pitch used is 442Hz. An accompanist will be available on request.


Solo repertoire:

  1. J.S. BACH One movement of a Partita for solo violin (except the Chaconne)
  2. W.A. MOZART 1st movement of a violin concerto, with cadenza
  3. 1st movement of a romantic concerto, with cadenza (Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms, Bruch (No. 1))

Orchestra excerpts:

  1. G.F. HANDEL Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 10, HWV 328 — I. Overture [bars 1 - 57, without repetition]
  2. J.S. BACH St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 — 2nd part, Chorus I – “Erbarme dich” [solo, bars 1 - 8]
  3. W.A. MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E Flat, K. 543 — 2nd movement [bars 68 - 108]
  4. F. MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 “Italian” — Allegro vivace [bars 1 - 66 and 369 - 405]
  5. A. DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 — III. Scherzo: vivace [bars 1 - 59]

PDF version