The first thing the recorder generally brings to mind is its role in preliminary music education. However, over the past forty years, a widespread interest in early music and new developments in contemporary repertoire have created a completely new dimension for the instrument. It is chiefly these aspects of the recorder repertoire that have attracted a great deal of attention on international concert podia. Together with renewed educational possibilities for the instrument, these aspects pose a challenge to up and coming recorder players. Since a great deal of focus is placed on the in-depth study of contemporary literature in addition to the exploration of early music repertoire, considerable flexibility and resourcefulness are demanded of the recorder player.
If your love of the instrument is so intense that you have decided to enrol in a professional educational or performance programme, its generally lacklustre image will be irrelevant to you. You have decided to push your boundaries and you believe in the future of the recorder. If you want to take on that challenge, enrolling in or completing a study programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam may well be the right decision for you.
The Block System: guarantee for an all-round study
The ‘BLOK’ (block), founded in the nineteen seventies by Walter van Hauwe and Kees Boeke, exerted an immediate appeal on recorder students everywhere and has meanwhile established a firm reputation among recorder players both in the Netherlands and abroad. Jorge Isaac and Erik Bosgraaf, the Conservatorium’s two recorder teachers, have put together a unique and wide-ranging teaching programme that makes for a thorough, all-round study of the instrument.
Recorder students and alumni play in The Royal Wind Music.
In addition to a clear affinity with the instrument, the applicant is expected to show a profound general knowledge concerning the recorder's literature. The applicant must provide a short and varied programme of approximately 20 minutes from which the jury, in consultation with the candidate, will choose fragments. Certain skill in playing from memory and 'sight reading' is also requested.
16th and 17th century
* ricercare from Giovanni Bassano or Aurelio Virgiliano
* diminutions upon a chanson by Girolamo Dalla Casa or Francesco Rogniono
* suite by Matthew Locke
* concerto (by memory)
* atonal work composed for tenor-recorder solo
After the two-year course, students will be ready to enter the professional music world at the highest level.
Upon taking the final examination for the bachelor's degree programme in recorder, CvA candidates must have received the distinction 'eligible for acceptance to the master's degree programme'.
1. The candidate will perform a programme which may not exceed 30 minutes. He/she is required to play a substantial part of the programme from memory.
2. The candidate must submit a list of repertoire with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA study secretariat before 15 February which must reflect the candidate's specific, distinctive features. The admissions committee will evaluate the proposed programme and make any necessary changes. Programme guidelines and requirements may be obtained from the department co-ordinator.
3. Individual presence and distinctive qualities as a soloist are the main factors used to determine whether a candidate is admitted to the master's degree programme. An original and well-thought-out programme in which extremes need not be avoided will attest to the candidate's unequivocal artistic merit. Additionally, the student must also demonstrate his/her far-reaching insights into planning, organizing and developing workshops, courses and projects, all of which meet international standards.