The wind faculty offers students a programme that strikes a balance between tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and artistry. Students are trained to function in a wide variety of professional situations: from musical orchestras and big bands to jazz, latin, pop and fusion ensembles, both on stage and in the studio. The programme focuses on personal (artistic) development, improvisation and ensemble playing. For saxophonists, doubling on clarinet and flute is encouraged. 


Jasper Blom coordinator
Ben van Gelder  
Simon Rigter   
Dick Oatts Artist in Residence
Benjamin Hermanregular guest teacher
Leo Janssen technique
David Kweksilber technique
Marc Scholten coordinator of technique, clarinet as a subsidiary subject
Jasper van Damme methodology
Raymond Honing flute as a subsidiary subject

We stimulate students to find their own voice, both as an improviser and as a composer. A steady stream of world-renowned artists like Branford Marsalis, Mark Turner Ben Wendel and Seamus Blake visit our school. We are also proud to have an ongoing collaboration of 25 years with Dick Oatts (Temple University Philadelphia) as regular guest teacher and Artists in Residence at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Furthermore, saxophonist Benjamin Herman joined the saxophone section as a regular guest teacher in September 2020. 

Co-ordinator, Jasper Blom

'I have had the distinct pleasure and opportunity by serving CvA as an "Artist in Residence" since 1997. It is a remarkable program on so many levels. What stands out the most is the world-class faculty, administration, facilities and student body working together to perform, study and teach the music they love.'
Dick Oatts, Artist in Residence, Saxophone Professor Boyer College of Music and Dance Temple University