Study information

Choral conducting is a complex discipline that calls for both a broad spectrum of artistic development and excellent social skills, because a conductor has to be able to lead groups of both amateur and professional musicians. Singers expect you to inspire them to perform to the highest possible standard. They expect you to have a vision of the repertoire and an understanding of the singing voice, but also to be efficient and capable of maintaining a good spirit during rehearsals.

The Bachelor’s programme will train you to become a qualified conductor of good amateur choirs. You will develop your musical and communication skills and follow courses in baton technique, rehearsal methods, playing from a score and ear training. Considerable attention is devoted to repertoire and programming to give you the tools to compile your own engaging and challenging programmes for choirs of different levels. Naturally, you will also receive singing lessons.

You will immediately be able to put everything you have learned into practice at the weekly practicums where, under the supervision of the teachers, you will conduct the practicum choir yourself. The practicum choir is formed by a combination of the students of choral conducting and students whose main subject is vocal studies. The teachers of choral conducting as a main subject, Wiecher Mandemaker and Jos Vermunt, are both highly experienced choral conductors.

For the final exam in the Bachelor programme you will conduct a concert at which you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to guide a choir through a convincing artistic performance of your vision of the score. You will be evaluated on your expressiveness and awareness of style and your ability to convey to the choir what you wish to say with the music in a professional manner.

Teachers

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

4 years

Degree

Bachelor of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Monica Damen

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Introduction Royal Conservatoire