Composition / Arranging

This faculty's programme centres on writing music for both small and large ensembles. A well-equipped studio helps students prepare themselves for a diversity of situations they may encounter as professional musicians. The size of the Jazz Department, in terms of numbers of students, offers ample opportunity for students' works to be performed in almost any instrumental or vocal setting. 

Principal teachers are Jurre Haanstra and Henk Huizinga. Over the past years guest teachers have included John Clayton, Tom Trapp and Florian Ross.

Coordinator: Bram Strijbis

Admission requirements
Your submitted material should show your affinity with writing for larger ensembles.
Your submitted material should show sufficient development perspective to enrol in this four years orchestral bachelor programme. 

Send three (or four) own arrangements, at least two of which should be arrangements of jazz standards; the others may be your own compositions. The instrumentation of your arrangements should be for larger ensemble (big band, optional with strings), or at least for octet: 
* 5 horn section of your own choice (sax, trumpet, trombone)
* 3 rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) 

Please note
* Send printed full scores, preferably with CD (live or MIDI audio recording of max. 15 min.)
* Score reductions will not be accepted; all instruments should be on separate staffs and the piano on two
* Audio on CD only (digital files will not be accepted) 
* Scores printed only (digital files will not be accepted)

Based upon your submitted material, the committee will decide whether or not to invite you to the admittance exams.  We may decide on giving you additional theory and analysis tests.

Admission requirements
Your submitted material should show your affinity with writing for orchestra. 
Your submitted material should show sufficient development perspective to enrol in this two years orchestral master’s degree programme. 

Send three (or four) own orchestral arrangements, at least two of which should be arrangements of jazz standards; the others may be your own compositions. The instrumentation of your arrangements should be orchestral (big band, or big band with strings; optional symphony orchestra) You may want to add an arrangement for a smaller ensemble, for example octet  (5 horn section, 3 rhythm section). However, your orchestral arrangements are more essential. 

Please note
* Send printed full scores, preferably with CD (live or MIDI audio recording of max. 15 min.)
* Score reductions will not be accepted; all instruments should be on separate staffs and the piano on two
* Audio on CD only (digital files will not be accepted) 
* Scores printed only (digital files will not be accepted)

Based upon your submitted material, the committee will decide whether or not to invite you to the admittance exams. We may decide on giving you additional theory and analysis tests.

Bram Strijbis coordinator
Jurre Haanstra  
Henk Huizinga   
Theo Verbey instrumentation
Walther Stuhlmacher harmony and analysis of Classical music
Paul Scheepers counterpoint
Jacob Slagter conducting

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