The Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague offer a joint national master programme in orchestral conducting, in cooperation with the professional Dutch orchestras. In this master programme, orchestra conductors develop the skills and gain the experience required to conduct a professional symphony orchestra in a competent and artistically well-thought-out manner.


The master programme builds a bridge between the study and the professional practice and offers students the opportunity to build and expand their own professional networks. Additionally, the master will enrich the educational programmes of the orchestras involved.



Course structure

This master is a two-year study at the two conservatories. The classes are, as much as possible, equally divided between the two conservatoires. The students follow the same curriculum, irrespective of the location where they registered, and will therefore have to travel between the various lesson and practice locations. The main principles of the curriculum have been formulated as follows: 


  • Every month an internship of several days with one of the participating orchestras, where the student will be coached by, as a rule, the principal conductor.
  • Once every term the principal subject teacher will supervise this internship.
  • To prepare themselves for these monthly internships, the students will study the repertoire intensively under the guidance of their principal subject teacher and other teachers.
  • Students will study intensively an aspect of the orchestra repertoire and/or orchestra programming in connection with the master research the students will carry out. The students will thoroughly develop their skills in the field of professional analysis of scores and history.
  • Electives: education tailored to the student’s specific needs to broaden or deepen their insights and skills


Assessment takes place during projects at one of the participating orchestras, both halfway through and at the end of the studies. 


Admission requirements

Admission procedure






Participating orchestras

1. Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Amsterdam
2. Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest en Nederlands Kamerorkest, Amsterdam
3. Residentie Orkest, Den Haag
4. philharmonie zuidnederland, Brabant, Limburg en Zeeland
5. Noord Nederlands Orkest, Groningen
6. Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Hilversum
7. Het Gelders Orkest, Arnhem
8. Het Balletorkest, Amsterdam
9. Het Symfonieorkest, Enschede
supporter: Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Rotterdam


The National Master Orchestra Conducting is financially supported by Het Kersjes Fonds.


Head of Orchestral Conducting & National Master Orchestral Conducting

Wim Vos