19th Audition training course for harpists 2020

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 April 19th-22nd 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, which is open to CvA students, students from other conservatories and young professionals. The training is free of charge for CvA; for others the fee is € 175,- for students from other conservatories and € 225,- for professionals.

Repertoire list

1 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique - Un Bal
2 Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34: Cadenza and Fugue
3 Bruch Scottish Fantasy Op.46, Part IV, beginning to D
4 Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, Cadenza Act 1, scene 4
5 Ravel Alborada del Grazioso, beginning to 9 and 20 to 23
6 Strauss Salome’s Dance, 10 for Q to V
7 Stravinsky Symphony in Three Movements, Part 2: 116 to 125, Part 3: 172 to 177
8 Tchaikovsky Cadenza: Swan Lake, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty
9 Verdi Ouverture La forza del destino
10 Wagner Tannhäuser, Act 1, scene 2: beginning to B

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

Time schedule

19-4 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00h Sweelinckzaal
20-4 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 Sweelinckzaal
21-4 9.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00h Bernard Haitinkzaal
22-4 11.00h: Final audition (open to the public) Sweelinckzaal


Applicants outside the CvA are requested to send a video recording link (YouTube/Vimeo, etc.) with their application.

Programme required:
- A solo piece, max 8 min (suggestions: Britten, Händel, Hindemith, Spohr etc.)
- Two orchestral excerpts:
* Stravinsky - Symphony in 3 movements - part 3 [172] to [177]
* Tchaikovsky - Cadenza from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty

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 2020-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: 1 March 2020.