Master of Music Vocal Studies
The Maastricht Conservatorium Vocal department hosts an average of 40 students from more than 25 countries. It is led by a highly skilled, dynamic and renowned team. Regular class concerts, Lied projects and workshops are core elements of our philosophy. As a master's student, you can choose to focus more on opera or alternatively on Lied and Oratorio. The Liedclass offers three thematic blocks resulting in a masterclass by an international authority. The Maastricht Conservatorium Vocal department produces each year a 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.
Before you apply
The audition consists of two rounds. For the first round, the candidate needs to record 3 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. Each aria or song 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 videos should contain:
3 arias (opera, operetta or oratorio) from at least 2 different periods in at least two different languages.
All repertoire, except the oratorio, must be sung by heart.
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.