The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theory section.

Candidates for the entrance exam for the main subject Vocal Studies Early 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 theoretical part of the entrance exam consists of three sections: a written aural (hearing) test, singing from sight / performing a rhythm, and a general written theory test. The theory entrance exam is taken before the practical entrance examen.  

Written aural (hearing) test:

  • identification and naming of intervals and triads with inversions
  • notating a melodic fragment
  • notating a rhythmic fragment
  • notating a short two-part fragmenten 

Singing/rhythm from sight:

  • the prima vista singing of some melodies  
  • the prima vista performing of some rhythms 

General written theory test:

  • notation of rhythm and pitch in treble clef and bass clef
  • major and minor scales
  • intervals and triads with inversions
  • dominant seventh chord

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Theoretical exam

The theory section consists of:

  • a written hearing test,
  • a written test in general music theory and
  • an individual practical solfège test.

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