Orchestral Conducting

If you choose to study Orchestral Conducting at Conservatorium Maastricht, you will have lessons in a setting with all conducting students present and with two pianists playing the orchestra parts. Observing and analysing each other constructively proves to be very valuable. In this way, more repertoire can be covered.

Focus on symphonic repertoire, as well as opera (recitativo, Aria), rehearsal technique, score marking and analysis, assistant ship during orchestral projects at the conservatoire and in the performing field. We encourage developing projects with fellow students.

Previous students have assisted multiple projects with (professional) orchestras, and are successfully working internationally.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Arjan Tien

Symphony Orchestra Conducting

Arjan Tien, winner of the first prize “Rotary-Faller” at the competition of t

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Orchestral Conducting

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

32

32

24

47

Main Subject Orchestral Conducting

30

30

18

41

Repertoire/Literature

2

2

2

2

Conducting Work Placement

4

4

Professional development

6

8

18

6

Basic Digital Tools

2

Health and Well-Being

1

Piano for Conducting Students

3

3

3

Knowledge of Orchestral Instruments

2

Advanced Digital Tools

2

3

Studio Recording Preparation

1

Your Art as a Business Basic Course

2

Your Art as a Business Electives

1

Playing from Score (Orchestra)

2

3

Instrumentation

3

3

Additional Aural Analysis

4

Music Theory

22

20

10

Skills Lab

8

8

Creative Lab

8

8

History of Music

4

2

Choir Classical (General)

2

2

Elective Theory Modules

10

Minor

8

7

Free Space

8

7

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

First round video requirements:

For the first round, the candidate needs to record two video’s that contains:

  • Video 1: A short introduction of him/herself in English: talk about your musical experiences, your motivation to study music, your main subject and why you choose to audition at Conservatorium Maastricht.
  • Video 2: A recording of the audition programme in one take, in fixed camera position without any editing. The candidate’s face and body should be clearly visible. At the start of the video, the candidate announces his/her Zuyd student number and the programme he or she will perform.

The video’s should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidates responsibility to make sure that the video links work.

Audition requirements for a Bachelor audition

  • Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C major, first movement intro + exposition, last movement first 16 bars with orchestra / two pianos
  • An overture from the classical / early romantic period with orchestra / two pianos (with a ‘live’ audition, the candidate should check if the Conservatoire Zuyd has the sheet music / or provide the material for two pianos.
  • A small work to be performed by the student on piano (and / or on main instrument)