an online community for flutists.
Sorray to disappoint you , but I thought you might be interested in hearing this.
Talking about jobs , a lot of people are not aware thar in Germany there are regurarely a significant number of highly paid Orchestral vacancies occur for which the Orchestras having dire difficulties to find applicants.
I am talking of the " Pregnancy Vacansies ". Germany has a fantastic laws protecting women who are pregnant, or want to stay at home with their children.
This of course a great problem for the employers. As most orchestras are owned by the state, money is no problam.
In the lst 20-30 years almost all flute vacancies were won by women. And once they have got the job they want to have children, and they want to enjoy it too. So they can stay at home up to three years without loosing their right to their job.
Just follow" Das Orchester " vacancies ads. Every month their are jobs that run for a limited time period. ( Zeitbegrenzt ) And the salaries are very high. For "A" orchetras and Orchetras of Radio Station the legendery 50 000 Dollar has been long surpassed.
Also you can claim higher tax treturns from the Inland Revenue
if it is a "Time Limited Vacancy"
Do you think some flutist from Flute Connect could be interested ?
Wow. That's very interesting! It's quite different here in the US. Maternity leave is usually very short, if you get any at all. It's hard to get a spot in an orchestra for a flutist, because there are only 1 or 2 flutes, and lots of applicants.
I do think that it would be helpful to post this information on this website. I'm not sure where, though. Maybe you could start a new discussion and title it "Opportunities for flutists in Germany"
Somebody ( but I don´t know who ) should put in these vacancies for the young people looking for a job. At "FORUM" I saw there is an place for "Jobs and vacancies" but I have not seen any jobs yet.
The interesting thing is that in Germany if you play for a vacancy you don´t have to sightreaed. Never !
But you have to play your orchestral xcerpts absolutely perfectly. But they are "Standards", so you guys , who are thinking of conquering Germany as a flautist, you should immediately learn them by heart and check every day if you can still do it perfectly. Plus a Mozart concerto with all Cadences.
Not only is the money good to fantastic ( depending whether it´s a small provincial orchestra or a huge orchestra of a Radio Station) but orcherstral musicians are among the highest respected members of the society.
I can send you a couple of older ones, but the best would be if somebody who has access to the job advertisment from "Das Orchestr" would put them in. I get them with a little bit of delay, ´cos old friends and colleagues bring me from the days I used to be a Coach and Conductor at a German Opera Company. I´ll scan in some recent ones , but even there, a lot of these vacancies very often don´t get filled at all, but they get ad hoc "Aushilfe" from other orchestras. ( which is very expensive for the orchestra)
Germans have not only the best maternity leaves but also the longest fully paid holiday leave.
It is financed from extremly high taxes on energy . In the USA unimaginable.
Yes, when it comes to holiday/vacation, Germany is a very generous place! I have often wondered how the businesses manage when their employees can take 5 or 6 weeks at one time. And I must admit, it sounds very nice to be able to do that! And yes, Americans would never go for the taxes it takes to support that kind of system. We are often "disconnected" when it comes to finances and taxes. I think the average American does not make the connection between paying a tax and getting something from the government in exchange. :)
My husband and I traveled to Germany and Austria once, it was the dream trip of a lifetime for me. I felt so "at home" in Germany. We met many German's on their holidays, and it was just lovely in every way. And we went to concerts where we could fit them in. It was wonderful to experience the way the patrons appreciate, enjoy, and honor the musicians.
Back to the job opportunities, I agree that it would be best it "Das Orchestr" could put it in directly. I don't know how that would be done. There must be a website manager somewhere in this site. I don't know how to figure that out.
Even though your information is not the most current when you get it, I still think it would be helpful to post it here. That way anyone who might be interested could connect directly. I suggest you place a notice on the Jobs page in this forum and include the directions of what pieces to be prepared to play. It would be a terrific opportunity for someone just out of college to travel to Germany and work there for a summer!
My mom was in the San Diego Symphony for over 35 years, so I've met many musicians in my lifetime. One of her friends, a violinist, moved to Austria 10 or more years ago.
I didn't settle down to my music seriously until my children were grown. I've been studying flute now for 7 years, and had the good fortune to connect with Stephanie at the beginning. She is such a fabulous teacher! She has a blog website that you may enjoy reading, I'll add the link at the end of this message. Thanks to Stephanie's guidance, I have composed and published two works for flute: one is 7 middle-difficult pieces I would call "Mood poems" and the other is a suite of 3 pieces that are designed to play without accompaniment.
I love that this website offers opportunities to talk to flutists around the world!
Here's Stephanie's blogsite: