The bachelor programme is a four-year course. It is tailored to the needs of young singers wanting to specialize in the vocal techniques and performance practices required for the various musical styles that flourished from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. In addition to the principal subject (solo singing) and the usual theoretical subjects like solfège, theory of harmony and musical analysis, several specialized courses are offered, such as rhetoric, gesture, Renaissance and Baroque dance, improvisation, ornamentation and the practice of diminutions, as well as the reading of figured basses.
The course also includes participation in various projects that more specifically focus on a particular style, period or composer, given by internationally recognized specialists in the relevant fields.
Application, preselection and live auditions
The early music voice department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam works with a preselection. If you wish to apply for the bachelor or master programme, please fill out the application form.
After application, audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a submitted recording of two pieces in different styles and languages (recorded on CD or through a YouTube link). Recordings must be submitted digitally via the application form before 15 February.
The candidate prepares a programme with seven works, to be sung from memory. The candidate may choose the first piece; after that the exam committee will choose two more pieces. The programme should meet the following requirements:
* two pieces from the 17th century (monody, song, aria, air, madrigal)
* two opera or oratorio arias from the 18th century, one of which with recitative (secco or accompagnato)
* three German Lieder from the early 19th century (Beethoven, Schubert or Schumann)
* the programme should contain at least three languages
* one poem to be recited, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish or German
Master students follow a two-year course aimed at the attainment of the highest level of skills needed for professional participation in the world of Early Music. During the master course the student can choose his/her own specializations within the Early Music repertoire. The attainment of the master degree also involves carrying out and documenting, through written work and an oral presentation, independent musicological research.
Upon taking the final examination for the bachelor's degree programme in early music voice, CvA candidates must have received the distinction 'eligible for acceptance to the master's degree programme'.
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a submitted recording of two pieces in different styles and languages (digital file or link). Recordings must be received by 15 February at the latest.
1. A varied programme of 50 minutes to be sung from memory. The candidate may choose 20 minutes of music, the committee will choose another ten minutes. Duration: max. 30 minutes.
2. The candidate must submit a repertoire list with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA student registrar office before 15 February.
3. The candidate has completed a bachelor's degree.