21st Audition training course for harpists 2023

1-4 December, 2023

at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, given by Sandrine Chatron
with the participation of Ed Spanjaard, conductor, and Maaike Aarts, Alexander Technique

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 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.

The training will take place from 1-4 December 2023 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Harps from different brands are provided by the Conservatory. The training is open to CvA students, to external students and young professionals. A maximum of 8 participants can join the training. 

Repertoire list

1 Bartók Concerto for orchestra, 4th mvt. bars 42 to 59, 5th mvt bars 96 to 112 and 344 to 356
2 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique - Un bal beginning to 33
3 Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34: cadenza and fugue until 9 bars after M
4 Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor, Act 1 nº 3 Scena e Cavatina ‘Regnava nel silenzio’ in D
5 Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana, stage music 'Preludio en Siciliana'
6 Ravel Tzigane, cadenza + no 12 and no 21
7 Strauss Salomé op. 34 - Salome’s Dance, 10 for Q to V
8 Stravinsky Symphony in 3 mvts, Part 2: 116 to 125, Part 3: 172 to 177
9 Tchaikovsky Cadenza: Swan Lake, or Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty
10 Wagner Tannhäuser, Act 1, scene 2: beginning to B

Time schedule

1/12 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00h Room 706
2/12 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00h Room 535
3/12 9:00-12:00 Room 535
4/12 18:00h Final Audition - in public, with jury Sweelinckzaal

Course fee

  • CvA students: free of charge
  • students from other conservatories: € 200,- 
  • professionals: € 250,-

How to apply

Applications with a CV and motivation letter are to be submitted through the online application formApplicants who have never worked with Sandrine Chatron must submit a video link with 1 solo piece and 2 orchestral excerpts, free of choice.

Closing date for application: 15 November, 2023. 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.

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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