Due to the regulations about the COVID-19 outbreak, the Art of Sound entrance exams at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague will take place in an adapted form this year. All exams will take place online to avoid international travels and physical meetings. The modified procedure looks like this:

  1. The Musical ability test does not take place live, but must be submitted by the candidate on video (image and sound). See below for details. Note: This part does not apply to candidates who have completed a Bachelor program Art of Sound at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
  2. Your portfolio and your master plan as you submitted it will be assessed by a committee and discussed with you during the motivation interview.
  3. Motivation interview: the discussion of the master plan and portfolio (max. 30 minutes per candidate) will take place online. Make sure you are available on these dates.

You will only be invited to the motivation interview if your portfolio and your master plan have been approved and if you have successfully passed the musical ability test. You will be informed by e-mail.

General information about all parts of the entrance exam can be found here.

You can find details about the online entrance examination per department here.

1. Musical ability test
The musical ability test does not take place live, but via a pre-recorded and submitted video. The following regulations must be observed when recording and submitting the video:

The following regulations must be observed when recording and submitting the video:

  • The recording (video and audio) is recorded in one take, is not edited and no post production has taken place;
  • The video shows the candidate's face and hands clearly and continuously;
  • A high level of audio quality is not necessary, but the audio quality must be good enough to hear your playing or singing clearly;
  • Before you start playing or singing, clearly state your full name and the program for which you are auditioning (Art of Sound Master);
  • Before each piece, announce the title and composer of the piece;
  • You play 3 compositions in different musical styles and tempi;
  • The maximum duration of the video is 15 minutes;
  • Classical admission: you play solo, without the accompaniment of other musicians;
  • Jazz / Pop admission: you play with one or more accompanists, but you ensure that you are most clearly audible and visible. You may optionally use a pre-recorded play-along sound file ("minus-one").

Videos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted. The video must be handed in before the deadline. Upload your video (in Word- of PDF format) with an active, permanent link (hyperlink) to your video recording on YouTube of Vimeo (NO WeTransfer) in our online application Osiris Aanmeld.

Tips for recording your video:

  • You can record the video with any smartphone, but using a good camera and (external) microphone will lead to better image quality and sound quality;
  • Provide a quiet environment (no buzzing refrigerator or rushing traffic as background noise);
  • Provide sufficient light when recording; light from multiple sides works best;
  • Make sure the audio is not too loud (distorted) and not too soft (a lot of noise); move the microphone or your recording device closer or farther to achieve the desired result;

2. Motivation talk
The motivation interview only takes place if your portfolio and your master plan have been approved and if you have successfully passed the musical ability test. If your portfolio and / or your master plan have not been approved, you will unfortunately receive a message that you have not been accepted.

If your portfolio and your master plan have been approved, you will receive an email , that you have been invited to the motivation interview. All motivation interviews take place online. The email message contains the exact date and time (CET) of the motivation interview. At this time you need to have a working internet connection in a quiet environment, without other people being present. Make sure you are ready and prepared on time.

The motivation interview will take place online via the Microsoft Teams platform. You can download the free Microsoft Teams app here. Make sure you have installed the app well before the start of the conversation. Optionally, the interview can also be conducted via one of the following web browsers: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or the latest version of Firefox. Apple users, please notice: Microsoft Teams does not work in Safari, you have to download the app or use one of the before mentioned web browsers. Make sure you are well prepared; if the interview cannot take place for technical reasons, this may have negative consequences for your admission.

On the day of the motivation interview, you will receive an invitation via email, 15 minutes before the announced time. One of our employees will test the audio and video connection with you. Then you have to wait until the committee is available and joins the conversation.

The motivation interview will last a maximum of 30 minutes. Three jury members take part in the conversation, who ask questions about your ideas about the program and what you want to achieve with it. Your portfolio and your master plan will also be discussed with you. Provide spontaneous and honest answers, that works best.

Summarizing:

  • You will be notified whether you have been invited to the motivation interview, including the exact date and time of the interview.
  • Make sure you have the Microsoft Teams app installed.
  • Make sure you are ready on time and that your internet connection works.
  • Make sure you are alone, in a quiet environment.
  • An email will be sent to you 15 minutes before the announced time of the interview. The email contains an invitation (link) for taking part in a conference call via Microsoft Teams.
  • Accept the invitation; there will follow a short test with one of our employees.
  • The motivation interview can start as soon as the committee is available.

3. After the entrance examination
The results of the entrance examination will be communicated by e-mail within two weeks after the motivation talk. In principle, the board of the Royal Conservatoire will adopt the advice of the admission committee, but reserves the right to deviate from this. As soon as possible, but no later than August 31, 2022, you will receive an official notification of your admission from the board of the Royal Conservatoire.

4. Cancelations
If you refrain from your application for registration and the entrance exam, please notify us as soon as possible via Studielink. Then your place for the entrance exams can still be allocated to another candidate who is now on the waiting list.

5. In conclusion
We wish you the best of luck with the preparations and look forward to meeting you online soon. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Paul Jeukendrup at p.jeukendrup@koncon.nl.