Conductor Auditions

Applications for 2019-2020 Closed.


Applications for conductors for 2019-20 are closed. We are delighted to announce that the conductors for the 2019-20 season will be:

Symphony Orchestra: Marcello Palazzo

Chamber Orchestra: Will Fox


Thank you to all who auditioned. Our next auditions will be in February 2020 - we hope to see you there!


Durham University Orchestral Society, the home of Durham’s premier student orchestras, is now accepting applications to conduct the society in the 2019-20 academic year. The society has two orchestras: a smaller Chamber Orchestra, and a full-scale Symphony Orchestra, bells and whistles included. We are looking to appoint one conductor per orchestra. All applicants must be students at Durham University (undergraduate or postgraduate) and resident in Durham during term time for the next academic year. No formal conducting experience is required.

Among other things, conductors are responsible for planning and taking all weekly rehearsals, choosing repertoire, and selecting the society’s members through annual auditions. They are also expected to go on the society’s annual tour at the end of March; previous destinations have included Barcelona, Budapest and Ljubljana. In essence, the conductors set the direction for their orchestra and lead them through the year.


To support their development, DUOS provides its conductors with a number of masterclasses from professionals such as Peter Stark and Richard Dickins (including private lessons) as well as the resources to tackle incredibly diverse repertoire: in previous years, the society has provided the soundtrack to a feature-length silent film, filled the Cathedral with Mahler’s titanic First Symphony, marshalled over 200 people in large-scale choral works, and accompanied Sir Thomas Allen in an evening of jazz and even performed in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales in a high profile concert commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death - the possibilities are endless.

Please submit a CV, covering letter, and a page detailing suggested repertoire for 1 concert which DUOS could perform (one half per orchestra) to by ***. All applicants will take part in a first round audition with a string quartet on *** - details will be provided closer to the time. If successful, the second round will be to conduct the full Symphony orchestra in a prepared extract (provided beforehand by DUOS) during the evening of *** and then an interview the next day.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!