Freelancer Auditions November 10–12, 2021


UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is looking for freelancers for its network.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is looking for trumpeters, trombonists (tenor, bass) and saxophonists (alto, tenor, baritone) for the orchestra’s freelancer pool. Please mention your main instrument as well as doubling repertoire with skill levels when applying. 

Freelancer auditions consist of three parts: 
First round, solo, with improvisation, anonymous 
Second round, with section

The auditions will be held at UMO’s rehearsal studio at Cable Factory (Kaapelitehdas) in Helsinki as follows:
Wed November 10, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm: Trumpets
Thu November 11, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm: Saxophones
Fri November 12, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm: Trombones

Be prepared to be present throughout the audition day. We do not reimburse travel expenses.

Register as an applicant by emailing your CV by Friday October 22, 2021 to with title “Audition / your instrument”. You will receive detailed information about the process and the sheet music by Wednesday October 27, 2021. Doubling excerpts will also be sent out to applicants willing to showcase these skills at the audition.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra values equality and diversity. We welcome applicants from different backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders and different linguistic, cultural or minority groups. We encourage female in particular to apply into the auditions, as we genuinely want to improve UMO’s current gender diversity. 

The audition committee is chaired by Ed Partyka, the artistic director and chief conductor of the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra.

Inquiries on weekdays from 12 pm–2 pm (Note! not between October 18–22), Production Manager Terhi Siirala,, tel. +358 40 763 6275.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialised in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. The big band of 16 musicians plays about 100 concerts every year in Finland and abroad. The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times. The programme consists from jazz to soul and classical music, mixing old and new in surprising way, from children to senior citizens.

Photo: Olli Nurmi

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