Vocal
Studies

The Maastricht Conservatorium Vocal department hosts an average of 40 students from more than 25 countries. It is led by three highly skilled, dynamic and renowned voice teachers: Yvonne Schiffelers, Susanne Schimmack, and Axel Everaert, as well as the highly sought-after vocal coach and accompanist Abigail Richards. In the Bachelor’s programme you will focus on developing your instrument and broadening your musical and artistic horizon. Regular class concerts, Lied projects and cross-studio auditions and workshops are core elements of our philosophy. As a Master’s student, you will focus on exploring and developing your core repertoire, and participate in an annual, fully staged opera production. As the founder and proactive member of the European Opera Academy network consisting of 16 European conservatoires, we take pride in sharing international modules for education, masterclasses and opera productions.

Meet our team

Meet your lecturers

Axel Everaert

Classical solo singing / Opera

The musical education of Axel Steven Everaert began at the National Opera Hou

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Frans Kokkelmans

Classical Solo Singing

The lyric baritone Frans Kokkelmans teaches Solo Singing and Chamber Music in

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Yvonne Schiffelers

Classical Singing / Opera

After completing her vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht, Dutch mezzo-

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Susanne Schimmack

Classical Singing / Opera

When German soprano Susanne Schimmack performed in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Vocal Studies

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Main Subject and Components related to the Main Subject

26

28

20

39

Main Subject Vocal Studies

26

28

20

39

Professional development

7

7

7

2

Basic Digital Tools

2

Health and Well-Being

1

Movement Technique

2

2

Italian

2

2

2

Basic Teaching Skills Instrument Specific Methodology

1

Basic Teaching Skills Lectures

1

Acting Technique

2

2

Studio Recording Preparation

1

Your Art as a Business Basic Course

2

Your Art as a Business Electives

1

Music Theory

25

23

13

Skills Lab

8

8

Creative Lab

8

8

History of Music

4

2

Choir Classical (General)

2

2

Applied Piano Classical (Vocal)

3

3

3

Elective Theory Modules

10

Ensemble

2

2

12

12

Chamber Music

2

2

2

2

Choir Classical (Specialist)

2

2

Opera (Coaching/Accompaniment, Direction, Opera Production)

8

8

Minor

8

7

Free Space

8

7

Before you apply

Admission
requirements

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. Pieces may be recorded separately, but should be combined in one video: in fixed camera position without any (sound) 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.

Video audition requirements for a Bachelor audition

3 songs in different styles and languages.
All repertoire, except the oratorio, must be sung by heart.