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The Curriculum Vitae

The essence of an application is the curriculum vitae or CV which should be written in faultless German. For foreign applicants, it is therefore advisable to have the grammar and spelling in their application checked. The CV should not be longer than one page ('Who has time to read everything?' a musician wrote). It can be set out in tabular form or chronological order, but not as fully formulated text. Apart from date of birth and school education data, the CV should contain the data of the applicant's artistic career, including the start of instrumental lessons, membership in known youth orchestras, institutes attended during their education, their main subjects or professors as well as the degree they have earned. Even the active participation in master classes as well as in major competitions and important solo performances should be mentioned.

Of utmost importance are experiences in a professional environment, e.g. practical training as well as temporary employment and permanent positions at professional orchestras. The more experience has been gained in professional ensembles, if possible during their studies already, the more likely it is to receive one of the much sought-after invitations. It is advisable to highlight the most important information (in bold or underlined). Thus, the CV is much better structured and the layout is clearer.


Sara Täuber: Über die Kunst der gewinnbringenden Selbstdarstellung. Kleiner Leitfaden für angehende Orchestermusiker
published in: das Orchester 1/2009, Translation into English: Esther Dubielzig