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The Vocal Studies Classical Music department

The Vocal Studies department enjoys worldwide renown for training top-flight singers and exciting artists whose thorough technical, musical and artistic training enables them to give convincing performances on a range of professional stages. Graduates of the programme appear in opera houses around the world, are active in chamber music and modern musical theatre, are teachers or sing in professional choirs and ensembles or as soloists in oratorios and cantatas.

The department encourages its students to develop their skills in every aspect of the profession and supports them in that process by offering a varied curriculum that includes a wide range of projects they can participate in both inside the Conservatoire and elsewhere. The department has an extensive network of contacts in the profession so that you will already have the opportunity to perform with chamber music ensembles, orchestras and choirs during your studies. Our students are often invited to sing in productions of the Residentie Orkest, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Dutch National Opera Academy, the Netherlands Bach Society, Cappella Amsterdam, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Vocal Laboratory (Vocaallab), the Asko|Schönberg ensemble and at the annual Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn.

The Bachelor’s course

During the first year of the course you will devote a lot of time to working on your musical development and improving your vocal technique, the basis of your future career. In the later years of the course you will work more independently in further developing your skills as a musician and a vocalist. You will choose your own elective subjects and, since practice makes perfect, take part in many projects in the Conservatoire and elsewhere. The stage experience is essential for your musical development, but you also earn credits for your participation in projects outside the school. Because the Conservatoire feels it is important for students to encounter newly written music, there is a project with the Composition department in the second year. Students from that department will write works for a single voice and a single instrument. These pieces will then be performed at the Spring Festival. In the final year of the course you will prepare for you final exam, which consists of a programme that showcases your musical and vocal development.

Towards the end of the course you will take specific steps to prepare for the immediate future. If you wish to follow a Master’s course you will have to write a study plan; if you wish to enrol with the Dutch National Opera Academy you will prepare for the auditions in February; and if you plan to stop studying you will start building a network outside the school in preparation for your professional career.






75min/ week


4 years


Bachelor of Music

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Monica Damen

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