In the Bachelor’s programme, you will focus on the basics: breathing, posture, finger technique, sound generation, vibrato, articulation and more.
In the Master’s programme, you will focus on consolidating the basics, audition points, audition concerts, and working on other aspects including the mental component.
When studying the oboe, it is very important to work as comprehensively as possible, together with your main subject teacher. In addition to the weekly lessons, this includes regular training of audition points and especially reed making. Too little time is generally devoted to reed making, even though a ‘good’ reed is essential to a performance. As a student, you will be shown a structured way, allowing you to find your own reed construction style and achieve the highest possible ‘hit rate’. Particular attention will also be paid to English horn lessons, as the instrument has a wide range of uses in literature.
An adjustment and repair course is offered per semester, intended to reduce any feelings of ‘helplessness’ or fear you may have when it comes to small mechanical problems with your instrument.
You will also be required to give a public lecture every semester.
Before you apply
Pre-audition video requirements:
For the pre-audition, 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
- Luft - Études
- Fehrling 48 Études
Perform two pieces/sonatas of contrasting character
- One piece Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Modern period Oboe
- One solo piece for Oboe
Bach, Händel, Vivaldi Hoffmeister,
Hummel, Lebrun, Haydn Saint-Saëns,
Schumann, Kalliwoda, Colin Grovlez,
Additional requirements for (online) live-audition
- Prima vista playing