Join the AKO Summer Project 2023

The Atheneum Chamber Orchestra is looking for talented young musicians (14-24 years old) to join the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra (AKO) Summer Project at the Royal Conservatoire. We are looking for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and double bass players. If you enjoy playing challenging music programmes in a youth orchestra with a high level of musical ability, this audition is for you!

The audition and the project are free of charge. You can apply until Thursday 13th April 2023.

Who are we looking for?

The audition is open to musicians aged between 14 and 24 who live in the Netherlands. A good musical level is required to participate in the audition. Candidates must pass a video audition before being accepted.

Auditions are open for the following instruments

  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • bassoon
  • double bass

About the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra (AKO)

The AKO is the orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire's School for Young Talent. Founded in 1985, the AKO is primarily a string orchestra. The Atheneum Chamber Orchestra is increasingly developing into a flexible ensemble, such as a small ensemble with harpsichord for Baroque music, a large ensemble with winds for symphonic repertoire, or a large string ensemble for Romantic string repertoire. The orchestra rehearses in the new Amare building on the Spuiplein in The Hague. Click here for more information about the orchestra and the School for Young Talent (in Dutch).

Are you interested? Below you will find more information about the Summer Project, the audition and the rest of the procedure.

Summer Project 2023: programme and planning
In order to participate in the Summer Project, it is necessary that you are available on all the dates listed below.

Rossini - Sinfonia from 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Beethoven - Symphony no. 7

Sat 13 May 10.00 - 13.00 Conservatoriumzaal group rehearsal
Sat 20 May 10.00 - 13.00 Conservatoriumzaal rehearsal
Sat 27 May 10.00 - 13.00 Conservatoriumzaal rehearsal
Sat 3 June 10.00 - 13.00 Conservatoriumzaal rehearsal
Sat 10 June 10.00 - 13.00 Conservatoriumzaal rehearsal
Sat 17 June 10.00 - 13.00 Studio 1 rehearsal
Sat 24 June 10.00 - 13.00 Studio 1 rehearsal
Sat 1 July all day ‘t Geertje concert
Mon 3 July from 16.00 Conservatoriumzaal Opening concert Summer Festival

  1. If you wish to attend the audition, you must first register using this form.
  2. You will then make a video recording and send it by email to: This email will include the following
    a. A link to your video
    b. Digital copy of the score of the chosen solo piece (attached to the email).

    Please note: please read the information below under 'Audition repertoire' and 'Video recording' carefully before making your video recording.
  3. The audition committee will consist of conductor Leonard Kwon, head of Young KC Music Annick van Gennip, production manager Matteo Costanzi and possibly a fourth member. The selection will be based on the video audition. The results of the auditions will be emailed to the candidates no later than one week after the deadline of 13 April 2023. After a successful audition, the musicians will participate in the AKO Summer Project or be placed on the reserve list.
  4. After a successful audition, you will be a member of the AKO for at least one project and will be expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts of that project. Successful candidates will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

The deadline for applications (form and video) is Thursday 13th April 2023.

We look forward to hearing your video audition! Best of luck!
Team Young KC

The video audition programme consists of

  • A solo piece of your choice of no more than 5 minutes, preferably in contrast to the selected orchestral fragments. We advise you to choose a solo piece that you can perform well and that clearly shows your level, qualities and technique. Piano accompaniment is not required.
  • Two orchestral fragments from the prescribed list of audition repertoire. See below for the list and a link to the sheet music.




Double bass

Each candidate sends a video recording (image and sound) via YouTube.

Pre-recording checklist

  • You must not speak at any time during the recording.
  • No piano accompaniment required
  • Record everything with one camera and in one take, preferably full length. The audition should be one continuous take, just like a live audition.
  • Your audition will be a maximum of 10 minutes in total (audition fragments + solo piece).
  • No visible editing (edited auditions may be excluded)
  • Your audition video can be recorded using a smartphone camera or tablet. You don't need a professional quality camera.
  • When recording your audition video, use a room with no background noise.
  • Place your equipment in front of a flat wall so that the main light source is behind the camera and the image clearly shows your head, shoulders and torso.
  • Do not stand too far away from the camera or in front of a window.
  • Don't worry if the result is not 100% professional; we understand that you are not in a professional studio.
  • Avoid very reverberant acoustics.

The recordings will be stored securely and will not be used for any purpose other than to facilitate discussion between the judges without the candidate's consent.

Upload the video

The video should be uploaded to YouTube as 'hidden' (make sure you don't select 'private'). Send this, along with the score of your solo piece, to the email address as mentioned under ‘Audition procedure’.