The National Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting is a prestigious two-year master’s programme offered jointly by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. This programme is presented in cooperation with several professional Dutch orchestras, including the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
You will follow lessons with our principal subject teachers Kenneth Montgomery, Ed Spanjaard and Jac van Steen. Additionally, you will have classes with various guest professors like Anja Bihlmaier, Antony Hermus, Lorenzo Viotti and Bas Wiegers. You will work as assistant conductor with orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad and you will have regular masterclasses with our partner orchestras.
Auditions for the 2023-2024 academic year
After a selection, a number of candidates will be invited to the online interviews. A maximum of 5 candidates will be admitted to the ensemble round. A maximum of 4 candidates will be admitted to the orchestral round.
Candidates are asked to upload the following documents together with their application:
- Motivation (written)
- Research proposal
- Video of yourself conducting*
- Personal introduction video**
- Copy of diploma(s) granted
- Copy of passport
- IELTS or TOEFL language certificate***
* As part of the application for the National Master in Orchestral Conducting we ask you to upload a recent recording of yourself conducting. The recording exists of a minimum of two contrasting pieces, filmed from the players’ view of the conductor. You can upload a maximum of three conducting videos.
** Next to a recording of yourself conducting, we ask you to upload a selfie-video of maximum 5 minutes in which you introduce yourself and explain your motivation on why you are applying to the National Master in Orchestral Conducting.
*** Students from EU/EEA countries whose proficiency in English is inadequate are obliged to follow a language course. If it is found during the admission procedure that your command of English is insufficient, you will be required to follow a course and obtain a certificate of proficiency during the first year of the course.
When you are from a country outside the EU (with exception of Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United States of America or South Africa), you must demonstrate that your level of English is sufficient to follow the course. You can demonstrate your command of English with your score on any of the following English language proficiency tests: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or Cambridge English (FCE/CAE/CPE). The minimum standard is a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test or level 80 in the TOEFL.
Certificates from the Institutional TOEFL test, the TOEFL ITP test or other language proficiency tests will not be accepted.
Wednesday 1 February 2023: Closing date for application Please apply via the online application form
Monday 13 February 2023:
Announcement of the candidates invited to the online interviews
Saturday 18 February 2023:
Monday 20 February 2023:
Announcement of the candidates invited to the live auditions
Monday 20 March 2023 Theory Level Test****
First round with ensemble Repertoire: to be announced in January 2023 Location: Amsterdam
Tuesday 21 March 2023:
Final round with orchestra Repertoire: W.A. Mozart – Symphony no. 39 Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
**** The theory level exam is a test which gives us information about your general knowledge. No one will be rejected after this test. It consists of theoretical and historical knowledge, reading and analytical ability, hearing and vocalization. The test includes score playing on the piano. In addition to this you will get sight singing exercises, with and without piano accompaniment. Also recognising chords/modulations and recognising scores.
If you have any questions, please contact Jaike Bakker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
W.A. Mozart – Symphony no. 39