Many graduates of the Composition programme in The Hague have achieved worldwide fame, with their work being performed by prestigious ensembles at the leading opera houses, music festivals and venues all around the world. The faculty, once the birthplace of the revolutionary ‘Hague School’, concentrates on encouraging the creativity and versatility of the students, the conduct of research and helping students to discover their own identity as a composer.

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Professional Preparation and Integration

The Composition Department prepares you for the professional world through project-oriented education in collaboration with professional ensembles and partners. For example, take a look at the One Minute Symphony project in association with the Residentie Orkest. The commercial aspects of professional practice are highlighted in the Donemus Academy, where informative sessions on dealing with publishers, clients, lyricists and ensembles, as well as legal issues are discussed. On top of this, you learn how to do the production, programming and marketing of the Spring Festival, an annual event devoted to the latest works of the composition students.


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