Choral Conducting

At the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, you'll learn everything you need to become a versatile choir conductor. You'll develop strong rehearsal techniques, efficient gestures, and gain in-depth knowledge of choral literature.

Practical experience is central to the programme. Most lessons are group lessons. In these sessions, students alternate between acting as a conductor and being part of each other's choir or ensemble. Every week, there's an opportunity to sing and conduct with the Sweelinck Kamerkoor (Sweelinck Chamber Choir) and the Eerstejaars Koor (First-Year Choir). These activities are part of the core curriculum, where the vocal teacher is closely involved and regularly present.

The programme is characterised by a positive atmosphere where openness and experimentation are key. Students have the opportunity to participate in various exciting projects and interdisciplinary collaborations, including with the Early Music, Classical Voice, and Music Teacher departments. The programme also offers valuable additional subjects such as literature study, baton technique, individual singing, and piano lessons. All the principal subject choir conducting teachers are active in the field, serving as conductors for both professional and amateur choirs.


Maria van Nieukerken section representative & principal subject
Daniel Reuss principal subject
Benjamin Goodson regular guest teacher