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Closing date for application: March 1st, 2018

18th Audition training course for harpists 2018

at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, given by Sandrine Chatron

The yearly audition training for harpists will be given by Sandrine Chatron, solo harpist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and will take place from April 16th-20th at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

This course takes the form of an orchestral repertoire coaching course, focusing on audition preparation, providing the opportunity for mock auditions, and a final audition with a professional jury at the end of the course. The winner of the final audition will be invited to play one programme with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra during the next season.

The main purpose of the training is to provide the opportunity to experience an audition situation at first hand, and all that that entails - the sense of competition, the possibility of stage fright, and the level of concentration needed. These specific issues and other topics will be approached directly, enabling the participants to master their skills in preparation for an audition. The work will be done on an individual and a group basis.

A maximum of 8 participants can join the training. The training is free of charge for CvA students and open to everybody else. The fee is € 175,- for students from other conservatories and € 225,- for professionals.

Repertoire list

1 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique - Un Bal
2 Berg Wozzeck, Act 1, beginning to bar 41
3 Ravel Tzigane, cadenza and No. 12
4 Smetana Vyšerad Cadenza from Ma Vlast
5 Strauss Don Juan, E to G and L to N
6 Stravinsky Symphony in Three movements, part 3 (beginning to 148, 171-end)
7 Tchaikovsky Cadenza: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty
8 Verdi Ouverture La forza del destino
9 Wagner Tristan und Isolde, Act 3, scene 3: Liebestod, 49 to the end

Links to the sheet music of all the requested excerpts will be sent after the confirmation of acceptance.

Time schedule

16-4 14.00-17.00h
17-4 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00
18-4 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00h
19-4 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00h

Final audition

20-4 14.00h Amsterdam Blue Note (open to the public)


A pre-selection will be held on March 7th, 10.00h, at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Programme required:

* a solo piece, max 8 min (suggestions: Britten, Haendel, Hindemith, Spohr etc.)
* two orchestral excerpts:
- Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Un Bal (first 2 pages)
* Tchaikovsky - Cadenza from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty

Applicants who cannot attend the pre-selection are requested to send a video recording link (YouTube/Vimeo, etc.) of the required programme with their application.

Accepted candidates will be notified no later than March 10th, and will be required to pay the course fees directly to the CvA later than April 1st.

National and international payments

Payment of the fee must be made to:

Stichting Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 151
1011 DL Amsterdam

IBAN: NL52RABO0309 0344 26

Please mention ‘Audition training harp 2018-Sandrine Chatron'

How to apply

Applications with a CV and motivation letter are to be submitted through the online application form.

Closing date for application: March 1st, 2018.


Apply now

Closing date for application: March 1st, 2018