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 Master audition
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.
Pieces before J.S. Bach
- F. Couperin, Messe des paroisses
- J.P. Sweelinck, toccata’s and fantasies
- D. Buxtehude, toccata’s, preludia
Pieces by J.S. Bach
- 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 Toccata’s and Fugues
Pieces 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
- A. Wammes, Miroir
The candidate can focus on a limited amount of styles which will be the base of candidate’s study, or the candidate can choose for a broad scope and present more different kind of styles which will consequently be the base of the study.