The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theory section.
Candidates for the entrance exam for the main subject Vocal Studies Classical Music have to be 17 years of age or older. 

Audition
Prepare a programme of approximately 20 minutes. The programme must consist of 4 songs and aria's from at least two different style periods and in at least three different languages. One of the works can be a vocalise. Always choose pieces that match your current level and with which you feel comfortable. 
If you are auditioning for the first year, we're not just assessing your abilities but also your vocal and musical potential and expressiveness. We'll sometimes ask you to do some small exercises to test your voice's possibilities. If you want to start in a more advanced year, we'll measure your presentation based on the time you have already spend on studying previously.

During the audition, you can decide which piece you want to start with yourself. The committee will select the following works from your repertoire.

We will also ask you to prepare the presentation of a poem, This can be in every language you want, even a language you suspect the committee might not speak. We are solely focusing on your expressiveness. Be prepared for the committee to ask you to explain the poem, or why you have selected this poem specifically.

Singing from sheet music is also part of the audition.

The theory exam

The Music Theory Exam consists of

  • An aural solfège and eartraining test,
  • Combined with questions about general music theory
  • And music notation exercises (dictation)

The theory exam takes place before the practical part of the entrance exam and takes 45 minutes.

Eartraining:

  • Being able to recognise and name intervals
  • Being able to recognise and name triads and inversions
  • Being able to recognise seventh chords
  • Being able to sing a melody and bass line from memory
  • Being able to notate a melody
  • Being able to notate the rhythm of a melody

Sight-singing:

  • Singing melodies a prima vista, with correct rhythm and accurate intonation
  • Singing in canon

Knowledge of general music theory:

  • Reading and writing rhythms in easy time signatures
  • Reading and writing in treble and bass clef
  • All major and minor keys, modes
  • Intervals and triads with their inversions
  • Dominant, minor, diminished, half-diminished and major seventh chord

Please find examples of theory exams here.