Entry requirements

• bachelor’s degree in music
• a well-developed musical ear
• knowledge of the basic repertoire for symphony orchestra from 1750 to the present
• ability to master scores, also by score-playing
• ability to rehearse with a symphony orchestra, with the use of the proper conducting techniques
• ability to conduct and inspire a symphony orchestra during concerts
• a pronounced personal and artistic vision
• ability to express personal views regarding the composition concert programmes
• to show potential for development

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

After a selection, a number of candidates will be invited to the online interviews. No more than 10 candidates will be admitted to the ensemble round. A maximum of 4 candidates will be admitted to the orchestral round.

Friday November 20, 2020
Closing date application. Apply here.

Friday December 11, 2020
Announcement of candidates invited to online interviews

Saturday December 19, 2020
Online interviews

Sunday January 31, 2021
Theory level exam

Monday February 1, 2021
1st round with ensemble
C. Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (version: A. Schönberg)
J. Strauss - Kaiserwalzer (version: A. Schönberg)

Tuesday February 2, 2021
2nd round with orchestra (final)
Repertoire: t.b.a. in the beginning of December 2020

All audition rounds on January 31, February 1 and 2 will take place in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Theory exam
The theory level exam is a test which gives us information about your general knowledge. No one will be rejected after this test. It consists of theoretical & historical knowledge, reading & analytical ability, hearing & vocalization. The test includes score playing on the piano. Next to this you will get prima vista exercises to sing, with and without piano accompaniment. Also recognising chords/modulations and recognising scores.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions or other contingencies that couldn't be anticipated, the National Master in Orchestral Conducting reserves the right to at all times make schedule changes as well as to adjust the repertoire.