20th Audition training course for harpists 2022

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 the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
The training will take place from 1-3 December 2022.

The audition training 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.

Repertoire list

1 Bartók Concerto for orchestra, 4th Mvt bars 42 to 58
2 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique - Un bal beginning to 33
3 Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34: harp cadenza and Fugue from I to 4 bars after J
4 Ravel Tzigane, cadenza
5 Smetana Ma Vlast, 1. Vyserad cadenza
6 Strauss Salomé op. 34 - Salome’s Dance, 10 for Q to V
7 Strauss Don Juan Op.20, beginning to B, D to 7 bars before G
8 Tchaikovsky Cadenza: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty
9 Verdi La forza del destino - Ouverture
10 Wagner Die Walküre, act 3, scene 3 Feuerzauber, any arrangement for 1 harp, until bar 18

Time schedule

1/12 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00h Room 738
2/12 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00h Room 706
3/12 13:00h Final Audition - public, with jury Bernard Haitinkzaal

Course fee

  • CvA students: free of charge
  • students from other conservatories: € 175,- 
  • professionals: € 225,-

How to apply

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

Closing date for application: 15 November, 2022. Accepted candidates will be notified no later than 21 November and will be required to  pay the course fees directly to the CvA, no later than 30 November.

A maximum of 8 participants can join the training. 

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

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