Harpsichord Auditions

Musicians of the Old Post Road is holding auditions in May 2023 for harpsichordists to join the ensemble for its 2023-24 season, with the possibility of a pathway to permanent group membership.

Qualifications: BA degree (minimum), fluency in both continuo and solo playing, significant chamber music experience across a variety of styles, a passion for chamber music, historical performance, and exploring little-known composers.

Responsibilities: Rehearse and perform programs on the ensemble's subscription concert series, participate in educational outreach programs, and participate in performances with the ensemble for outside presenters as they arise and scheduling allows. Willingness to manage the moving and tuning of the keyboard is required. Remuneration is competitive and comparable to Boston union scale.

Interested applicants should email CV and links to audio recordings and/or performer's website to musicians@oldpostroad.org

Qualified candidates will be invited to have a rehearsal with the ensemble in May as part of the application process.  Rehearsal auditions will be held on May 20 in the Greater Boston area, and at additional dates (tbd) later in May.

About the Group:

Musicians of the Old Post Road has been captivating audiences in the US and abroad with its compelling programming and virtuoso performances for over three decades. Its subscription concert series, offered in historic buildings across eastern and central Massachusetts, includes 8-10 performances annually. As a chamber ensemble specializing in the period instrument performance of music from the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic periods, the ensemble focuses on offering a dynamic and diverse repertory that includes “rediscovered” works that have been lost to audiences for centuries. Winner of the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from Chamber Music America and the US–Mexico Fund for Culture. The ensemble has toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and has appeared at festivals and on concert series in the US.

Core ensemble members include Suzanne Stumpf, historical flutes, Sarah Darling, violin, Marcia Cassidy, viola, and Daniel Ryan, cello. The group works with a variety of collaborators, including vocalists and other players of strings, winds, and keyboards. The ensemble’s discography includes seven recordings that all include previously unrecorded works and have each been praised in the US and abroad. They include The Virtuoso Double Bass (Titanic), Trios and Scottish Song Settings of J. N. Hummel (Meridian), Galant with an Attitude: Music of Juan and José Pla (Meridian), Quartets of Telemann and Bodinus (Meridian), Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain (Meridian), Roman Handel (Centaur), and Earthly Baroque (Centaur).