Study information

An ambitious student in the Master of Classical Music programme will naturally want to gain as much as practical experience as possible. That is the objective of the Orchestra Master, a unique Master’s specialisation that we offer in association with the Residentie Orkest: Students who have been admitted to a Master’s course in Classical Music can audition for this course. If you are accepted, you will play full concert programmes with the Residentie Orkest and receive coaching from a member of the orchestra. This mentor will write a report on each project, in which you will also be able to describe your own experiences. At the end of the first year of the course you will have to audition again for admission to the second year. 

Students in the programme whose main subject is violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone or percussion will play in five projects with the Residentie Orkest and the orchestra will pay their full tuition fees. For students of other instrument groups, the number of projects will vary and they will receive €50 for each rehearsal or performance.

During the Orchestra Master course you will follow every component of the regular Master’s curriculum: individual lessons in the main subject, participation in the Master Circle (with other Orchestra Master students) and a Master’s research project devoted to a subject relating to playing in an orchestra, the repertoire and orchestral practice. You will also receive individual lessons in orchestral parts from the teachers of the Royal Conservatoire to help you prepare for auditions.
The Conservatoire organises a wide range of projects that provide training in the specific qualities and skills required to play in an orchestra.

On successful completion of the Orchestra Master you will be placed on the list of stand-ins and will be invited to audition for vacancies with the Residentie Orkest.





75 min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Wim Vos

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