Study information

The National Master Orchestral Conducting is a prestigious two-year master programme offered jointly by the Amsterdam University of the Arts 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 the big 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 big orchestras under the supervision of the acting conductor (most of the times, the chief conductor). As a preparation for these small ‘internships’, you’ll study the repertoire of the orchestras involved with your main subject teachers. Masterclasses are organised at the partner-orchestras (for example a two-day masterclass with Marc Albrecht at the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, or Kenneth Montgomery’s masterclass with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century), and you will work on a master research project that is all about orchestral repertoire or programming. 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, Amsterdam
2. Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest en Nederlands Kamerorkest, Amsterdam
3. Residentie Orkest, Den Haag
4. philharmonie zuidnederland, Brabant, Limburg en Zeeland
5. Noord Nederlands Orkest, Groningen
6. Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Hilversum
7. Het Gelders Orkest, Arnhem
8. Het Balletorkest, Amsterdam
9. Orkest van het Oosten, Enschede
10. Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Rotterda

Het Kersjes Fonds

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






2 years


Master of Music

Tuition fee

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Department head

Wim Vos

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