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
The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate needs to record 2 videos that contain:
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: In the second video, the candidate demonstrates his/her artistic and technical skills. The video should be recorded in one take, without cuts or any edits. The candidate should start by speaking their name and student number of Conservatorium Maastricht. The candidate should master the repertoire technically and musically in such a way that the candidate is able to tell a story with a personal view, overview and sufficient craftsmanship. The jury has to be fascinated by (at least parts) of the performance. In the Master of Music Organ, the student can choose to study a broad range of repertoire, or to focus on a specific style or genre. Therefore, the committee would like to recognize the candidate’s intention (broad or specialized) from the repertoire he/she chooses to record for the audition video.
Use the following pieces as an indication for the entrance level of the Master of Music.
Before J.S. Bach
F. Couperin, Messe des paroisses
J.P. Sweelinck, toccatas and fantasies
D. Buxtehude, toccatas, preludia
A trio-sonata (or a choral-prelude at the same level from the Leipziger Choräle or Dritter Teil der Clavierübung
One of the important Preludes and Fugues or Toccatas and Fugues
After J.S. Bach
F. Liszt, B-A-C-H
C. Franck, one of the three chorals, pièce heroïque
A. Heiler, Tanztoccata
J. Alain, Litanies
W. de Ruiter, Parten voor orgel
J. Straesser, Faites vos jeux
Additional videos (not required): the candidate may provide concert video registrations.
The videos should be uploaded to an online platform such as YouTube.com or Vimeo.com. It is the candidate’s responsibility to make sure that the video links work.
The committee may decide to invite the candidate for an online or in-person live audition after reviewing the video material. The repertoire for the live audition remains the same. Additional repertoire requests can be made by the committee.
In the second round, the candidate is always invited to an online interview with one of the Master Project Coaches. In this interview we discuss the candidate's motivation and experience in the field of research and cultural entrepreneurship. The Master Project Coach furthermore determines the level of English proficiency.