Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT - performance

Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT – soundprojection

The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in co-production with the Dutch National Opera, the Holland Festival and the Stockhausen Foundation will produce in June 2019 the largest presentation ever of the seven operas of LICHT composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Fifteen hours of music presented in a three day marathon in one space. Offering audiences the unique opportunity to experience the musical universe created by one of the greatest composers of our time. Stockhausen dedicated more than thirty years of his life to create this cycle of seven operas in close collaboration with a small team of interpreters: singers, instrumentalists, sound projectionists. Transferring the knowledge and skills of these musicians is a key element in the 2019 Holland Festival/Dutch National Opera production aus LICHT in a mise en espace by Pierre Audi. A new generation of interpreters can take the stage to perform the music of an innovative, creative and visionary composer.

The Royal Conservatoire The Hague offers two year Master of Music programs for soundprojectionist, singers and instrumentalists that will prepare them to perform in the 2019 aus LICHT production as soloist or in ensembles. Students will be coached and taught by the musicians that have worked with Stockhausen on the creation of LICHT and will be offered a program putting the works of Stockhausen in a broader perspective. They will be performing in the production aus LICHT in the 2019 Holland Festival/DNO production and be the next generation of musicians specialized in bringing (parts of) LICHT to the stage. The Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT will start during the Stockhausen Concerts and Courses Kürten (Germany) that will take place from July 29th to August 6th 2017 by the Stockhausen Foundation.


The Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT is open for students in the disciplines:

flute (for solo parts in opera only female candidates)

clarinet/bassethorn (for solo parts in opera only female candidates)





voice (high-soprano, soprano, alto, tenor, bass)

For information on the master program and applications, please contact Renee Jonker via



1. content of the course

Studium Generale The opera cycle LICHT of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Introduction to the electronic music of Karlheinz Stockhausen

Masterclasses and individual coaching preparing students to perform parts from LICHT

Analysis and dramaturgy of LICHT

Applied Music Theory


Project Management & Entrepreneurship

Bodywork & movement



teaching staff

Kathinka Pasveer – flute / artistic director

Suzanne Stephens – clarinet / bassethorn

Marco Blaauw – trumpet

Michael Svoboda – trombone

Ellen Corver – piano

Paul Jeukendrup – soundprojection

Renee Jonker – percussion and ensemble work

and other specialist teachers (instrumental and vocal) to be announced



2. application and enrolment

2.1 timeline


open for applications: as of 9 January 2017

closing day applications: 1 March 2017

auditions for candidates Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT – performance: 19, 20, 21 April 2017 and 10, 11 June 2017

auditions for candidates Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT – soundprojection t.b.a. May/June 2017


2.2 requirements for admission


Candidates should give proof of a high level of performance skills in their main subject/instrument (minimum level Bachelor of Music). Material for pre-selection should be submitted in recordings of performances to the candidates own choice, preferably published/made accessible through YouTube and/or Vimeo. A preselection will be made based upon the material send in with your application. Candidates should also submit a motivation letter and a Master research proposal related to the opera cycle LICHT from Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Command of the German language is recommended.


Candidates that have passed the first selection round will be invited to prepare a live audition:

a. instrumentalists (other than piano and percussion)

  • 1 performance piece from the baroque or classical era
  • 1 performance piece composed after 1950
  • one solo piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen (for clarinetists the first half of the KLEINE HARLEKIN)


    All flutists, clarinetists/basset-hornists are welcome to apply to this course, but specific roles in LICHT (representing Eve and Kathinka) can when brought to the stage only be performed by female interpreters.


b. pianists

A concert programme of at least 30 minutes of pieces from at least 3 different style periods, with at least one classical sonata, one piece composed after 1950 and preferably one piano piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen.


c. percussionists

  • one solopiece for malletinstrument (marimba/vibraphone)
  • one solopiece for set-up
- one etude or performance piece for snare drum
  • preferably one solo piece composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen

d. singers; 4 aria’s in different styles and languages, one of them composed after 1950


e. sound projectionists

A sound projection session with one of Stockhausens works for live performance and recorded sounds (t.b.a.)


Admission of candidates who audition in April for the Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT – performance will be announced before 13 May 2017. Those who audition in June will be notified before 19 June.

Admission of Music Master Stockhausen aus LICHT – soundprojection will be announced immediately after the audition.

2.3 tuition fee

  • EEA students € 2.006
  • non EEA students € 4.875

Non-EEA students and EEA students who already have a Dutch Master degree can receive from an external fund a KC excellence scholarship based on the result of the entrance exam. This result will be given by the entrance committee in a score on a scale from 1-10. The assessment will be done on the basis of a number of criteria, such as musicality and artistry, technical level, openness to instruction, motivation and the desired balance within this Masters programme. This excellence scholarship is only available for candidates scoring 8, 9 or 10 at their entrance exam.

For information on the master program and applications, please contact Renee Jonker via