Study information

The National Master in Orchestral Conducting is a prestigious two-year master programme offered jointly by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. Multiple Dutch symphony orchestras participate within the programme, including Residentie Orkest the Hague, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

You will learn the craft of conducting on a high technical level as well as artistic level. Because of the collaboration with professional orchestras, this programme acts as a bridge between education and the actual work field: it is a one of a kind opportunity to start building your professional network.

During the programme, you regularly conduct professional orchestras under the supervision of the acting conductor. As a preparation for these assistantships, you’ll study the repertoire of the orchestras involved with the main subject teachers. One or multi-day masterclasses are regularly organised at the partner-orchestras. Next to this you will work with a supervisor on an artistic research project which you will present at the end of your studies. Both years of the master programme are concluded with a project at one of the partner-orchestras.

The admission requirements are of a high standard. Only two students can be admitted to the programme each year.

Participating orchestras

1. Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2. Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest en Nederlands Kamerorkest
3. Residentie Orkest
4. Philharmonie Zuidnederland
5. Noord Nederlands Orkest
6. Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
7. Phion, Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel
8. Het Balletorkest
9. Nationaal Jeugdorkest
10. Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest

Het Kersjes Fonds

De Nationale Master Orkestdirectie wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door Het Kersjes Fonds.






2 years


Master of Music

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