During the bachelor programme the training focuses primarily on the many-sided amateur and semi-professional practice; during the master's degree programme the training centres on the practice of professional orchestras and ensembles. In addition to a thorough training in baton techniques a broad theory education forms an important part of the curriculum. The orchestral conducting student is expected to dispose of a solid musical education, which will be developed further during the study with the aid of orchestra and ensemble repertoire.
Practical aspects of conducting will take up a large part of the tuition: rehearsal, organisation, how to manage musicians, how to programme concerts. If possible the young conductor will be employed in the conservatory's orchestral activities, for the benefit of his own experience as well as the experience of his fellow-students.
You are required to have completed an instrumental principal study, or at least to be in the process of doing so. You are furthermore required:
* to play one movement from a sonata and one movement from a piece
* to show some ability to play on the piano simple scores with alto and tenor clefs and transposing instruments
* to undergo ear tests, which will explore your insight into musical structures
* to show potential for the principal study, which will be tested by means of a rehearsal:
* Brahms - Symphony No. 2, first movement
* Stravinsky - Octet for Wind Instruments (Sinfonia), first movement
We recommend that candidates submit one or more video recordings to the admissions committee. This committee can advise them on their participation in the entrance exam. Candidates who would like to receive such an advice, should send their video files, or the links to such files, before February 15.
National Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague offer a joint national master programme in orchestral conducting, in cooperation with the professional Dutch orchestras. In this master programme, orchestra conductors develop the skills and gain the experience required to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in a competent and artistically well-thought-out manner.
The master programme builds a bridge between the study and the professional practice and offers students the opportunity to build and expand their own professional networks. Additionally, the master will enrich the educational programmes of the orchestras involved. More >>