Students are trained to be professional vocalists capable of functioning in any branch of the musical profession, both on the stage and in the studio. Therefore they learn to interpret and improvise in various jazz styles and in black music, rock, fusion, pop and Latin (Brazilian). All this is made possible by the vocal faculty's broad range of teachers, and guest teachers such as Kurt Elling, Peter Eldridge, Deborah Brown, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Marano (Manhattan School of Music), and Anne-Marie Speed.

Each student is taught by two principal teachers, for vocal-technical and artistic aspects respectively. The two teachers are jointly responsible for the end result. It is possible for vocal students to study with various teachers in the course of their four-year study. 

Co-ordinator: Lydia van Dam


The first qualifying round
Candidates from abroad will be selected beforehand by means of a recording of three songs, to be uploaded to the application form by the candidate. Two songs are to be chosen from the jazz-songlist: one jazz-swing and one jazz-ballad. The third song is the candidate's choice. The accompaniment should be bass, drums and piano or guitar, but piano or guitar or a play-along will do. The recording doesn’t have to be made in a professional studio as long as the sound is clear enough to give a good impression of the performer. The recording may be an audio file, for instance soundcloud, it doesn't necessearily have to be a video.

On the basis of this recording candidates will be selected for the audition. Candidates living in the Netherlands who pass the first round will be invited to do a live audition; candidates from abroad with a positive result will be invited to do their audition online. 

It is not possible to correspond about the assessment of the recordings.

Candidates with a positive result will be invited for a theoretical test in April and a second audition round in May or June.

1. The candidates will prepare the following songs and a solo:

  1. one jazz-swing
  2. one jazz-ballad
  3. one ong of the candidate’s own choice
  4. one ong chosen from the technique- songlist
  5. perform a transcribed improvisation/solo. This can be either a existing solo transcribed from the recording or a self-written one.

One of the songs has to be chosen from the jazz-songlist; this must be another song than the ones you have sent for the qualifying round. The audition committee chooses from this list at least three songs for the candidate to perform. The conservatory will provide accompaniment by a trio of piano, drums and bass. Please bring charts of your songs, in the right key, for each instrumentalist.

2. The candidate will also prepare a pitch (max. 2 minutes) in which they state their motivation to sing and why they want to study at the CvA.

At the end of the audition the candidate will be told if he/she may be admitted to the first year of the bachelor’s programme and will be put on the waiting list.

The candidate must submit via the application form three links (YouTube, Soundlink etc). to audio or video recordings of their performances.

On the basis of these materials, the committee will assess the candidate's level. If the candidate's level meets the requirements for the master's degree programme, the candidate may be invited to do a practical audition. During the audition the candidate will sing three songs:

* one original composition
* one jazz-standard
* one song in which the candidate will sing an improvisation

Candidates may bring their own accompaniment. It is also possible to be accompanied by a CvA trio, please state your preference on your application form.


Lydia van Dam coordinator
Sylvi Lane
Humphrey Campbell    
Lieve Geuens technique
David Linx regular guest teacher (Artist in Residence)
Fay Claassenregular guest teacher
Wiebe-Pier Cnossen technique 
Diana van der Bent technique
Bodhi Sykora methodology
Lilian Vieira Brazilian
Sanna van Vliet improvisation
Michelle Mallinger English/American diction
Eva Baggerman choirs