Study information

Due to the outbreak of the Corona virus and all the restrictions in place, the Residentie Orchestra has decided to postpone the auditions until after the summer holidays. Find more information on Corona regulations here.

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, as well as subjects concerning research. 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.

We believe it is important that you develop into a self-sustaining musician who can handle the ever-changing professional practice well. For this reason you are required to do research on a topic of your choice during the master's programme. You will be assisted by a research supervisor, follow an introductory course about doing (artistic) research and an elective in your first year. You will participate in a Master circle, a 'peer-to-peer ' group consisting of fellow students and a circle leader. At the end of your master’s programme you are required to present the results of your research. Upon registration to the master's programme, you must write a study plan (Master Plan), in which you describe how you want to compile your master’s programme.





75 min/ week


2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Marlon Titre

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