Studying Organ in Maastricht means immersing yourself in a culture of historical instruments and having lessons with two enthusiastic and highly experienced, internationally esteemed teachers. The lessons are taught in the city's two basilicas. Both churches have several monumental instruments. The main teaching organs are the Séverin organ in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek (Basilica of Our Lady) and the more Romantic Franssen-Pereboom&Leijser organ in the Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of Saint Servatius).
There is plenty of scope to study the full breadth of the organ repertoire, from the earliest organ music to contemporary music and improvisation. Excursions, projects and concert options form a valuable addition to the regular lessons. There is no lack of organs to practice on, either at the Conservatorium or in the area.
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
The candidate should master the repertoire technically and musically in such a way that the candidate is able to tell a story the jury can listen attentively to. Examples of repertoire:
One piece before J.S. Bach
- S. Scheidt, ei du feiner Reiter
- D. Buxtehude, Coral-preludes
- A v/d Kerckhoven, A piece for solo voice and accompaniment
Two pieces by J.S. Bach
- A slow movement from a trio-sonata
- A choral-prelude from the ‘Orgelbüchlein’
One piece after J.S. Bach
- M Reger, Choral-preludes from op. 79b
- J. Brahms, O Gott, du frommer Gott
- Th. Salomé, Grand Choeur
- B. Bartelink, Musica pro offertorio et sub communion
Pieces from all three different styles as above-mentioned are mandatory.