Both your musical journey and your personal development are embedded in our curriculum. This means that, while you are part of the Trombone class, attention will be paid to your growth as a musician and as a person.
Working on a solid, technical foundation is very important. Without it, playing at a high level will become difficult, especially over the years. That is why the main focus of the Bachelor’s programme is on this foundation, which should last you a lifetime. In the Master’s programme we will focus more on in-depth musical development and the art of performing. Training for auditions is also part of the Master’s programme.
Further essential skills you will acquire include studying as effectively as possible, developing self-discipline and cooperating with other musicians.
As a Trombone student, you will take part in the trombone ensemble, various orchestral projects, chamber music ensembles, and you will be challenged to explore your own musical preferences.
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 video should contain the following:
Two etudes of contrasting character, having the level of the following * etudes:
One melodical study from Rochut or similar style (legato)
One technical study from Kopprasch or similar style (staccato)
Two solo recital pieces, including a fast and a slow movement
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.