The Royal Conservatoire has formed a partnership with the Nederlands Kamerkoor and its chief conductor, Peter Dijkstra, to create a new programme, the Master’s specialisation in Ensemble Singing. With this course, the Royal Conservatoire intends to provide its students with even better preparation for a professional career. The Nederlands Kamerkoor sees it as an investment in the development of its own pool of talented vocalists. The course will begin in the 2018-2019 academic year and is intended for graduates of the Bachelor Vocal Studies Classical Music or the Bachelor Choral Conducting.
The students in the new Master’s specialization in Ensemble Singing will spend a large part of the course working with the choir. They will have a chance to work with many prominent international conductors, learning the specific skills they need to succeed as a vocalist in a professional ensemble in the process. A wide repertoire will be covered during the Master’s specialization, from Medieval and Renaissance music up to and including contemporary music. The course will give students every opportunity to further refine their musical and vocal skills, while the intensive collaboration with the Nederlands Kamerkoor will immediately enable them to apply the skills they acquire in a professional environment.
Tido Visser, the director of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, is also enthusiastic about the partnership: “Choral music is gaining momentum and is gaining in importance in both artistic and social terms. The Nederlands Kamerkoor is therefore delighted that the Royal Conservatoire is supporting that trend by offering talented singers this tremendous opportunity. A first-class education at a top-flight institute of professional education is a combination that will greatly enhance the students’ prospects in the labour market.”