Study information

The Master Specialisation Ensemble Singing leads to a Master of Music degree and is open to students holding a Bachelor degree in Voice or Choir Conducting. The programme responds to the need of professional vocal ensembles for vocalists that have specific skills needed for ensemble singing. 

We developed the master specialization Ensemble Singing together with the Nederlands Kamerkoor, and its chief conductor Peter Dijkstra. During project weeks at the Nederlands Kamerkoor, you work with the ensemble specialists from the choir. You will get to know the professional ensemble practice, as well as learn to master all aspects of ensemble singing, helping you to successfully step into the professional ensemble world after obtaining your degree.

During the programme we focus on repertoire from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to contemporary work. You spend a lot of time working with ensembles, both within the Royal Conservatoire, together with you fellow students, and in the projects with the singers of the Nederlands Kamerkoor. You will develop skills like ‘colouring’, blending, intonation, developing the ‘inner conductor’, individual and shared musicianship, and professional communication and leadership. You have individual singing lessons and lessons with a coach pianist, not only focused on the technical demands of ensemble singing, but also on a continuous development of your abilities as a soloist. In the courses Performance and communication and Entrepreneurship and project management you are further prepared for your career after your degree.
 
Research

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. Please take a look at the handbook here.

Specifications

Language

English

Duration

2 years

Degree

Master of Music

Tuition fee

Check 'Tuition fees'

Department head

Monica Damen

Related studies

Introduction Royal Conservatoire