To be admitted to HKU Utrechts Conservatorium you must pass an entrance exam consisting of a theoretical and a practical part. These are taken separately.

After processing your application via Studielink, you will be notified on which day and time-slot your exams have been scheduled. This planning is binding.

Please see the general admission procedure for more information.

Theoretical entrance examination

The theoretical part of the entrance examination is virtually the same for all main subjects. It comprises a number of written questions on general music theory and an aural test.

example: entrance exam theoretical skills (PDF)

The following skills are tested for all main subjects:
• knowledge of the fundaments of music theory
• scales: major and minor third (harmonic and melodic), modes, chromatic scales
• harmony: intervals, triads and their inversions and their context in the major and minor (harmonic) scales and four-part chords
• music theory: clefs, key signatures, time signatures (regular and irregular), music notation
• building up and recognising the aforementioned scales, two and three-part chords
• dictation of a simple melodic fragment
• tapping a rhythm

Please read the general entrance requirements(pdf).

Practical entrance examination

During the practical entrance examination you play or sing a number of pieces from different periods, as well as a number of études or other technical exercises. The committee will make a choice from your repertoire list. The entrance requirements, including repertoire list, for each instrument can be downloaded from this page.

example: entrance exam listening skills (PDF)
answers for example entrance exam listening skills (PDF)


There is a co-repetitor to accompany you on the piano. Make sure you have the piano part with you. It is important that the pages turn easily, so no loose copies please. As there is no time to rehearse you need not send any parts beforehand. Off course, you can be accompanied by your own pianist.

Entrance requirements per instrument:

Violin (PDF)
Cello (PDF)
Double Bass (PDF)
Harp (PDF)

Flute (PDF)
Oboe (PDF)
Clarinet (PDF)
Saxophone (PDF)
Trumpet (PDF)

Piano (PDF)
Classical Vocal (PDF)
Organ (PDF)

Choral Conducting (PDF)
Composition (PDF)
Carillion (PDF)

Dates entrance examinations

The application deadline of 1 February has expired. It is still possible to apply for a number of main subjects. Check the Status Admissions page to see for which subjects application is still possible.

The entrance examination consists of a theoretical part and a practical exam. The practical entrance examination takes place between 2 and 14 April 2018.

The theoretical entrance examination will always be scheduled before the practical exam. The theoretical exam will take place on Saturday 3, 10 and 17 March and in the first two weeks of April. For Applicants living abroad, the theoretical and practical exam will be scheduled in April and, if possible on the same day or on consecutive days.

In the pdf you find the dates of the practical examinations. These dates are provisional and subject to change. The precise dates of your theory and practical exam will be given in the invitation you will receive by e-mail at least two weeks before the date of the exam.

Check availability

There is a limited capacity for the admissions. Here you can find more information regarding availability.

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How is the examination structured?

Please be aware that the entrance examination can be a rather informal situation and not a concert as you may perhaps be used to. The members of the committee have a lot of forms to complete and will be leafing through your papers from time to time. Another entrance examination may also be taking place in the room next to you.

Result of the practical part of the entrance examination

The result of the entrance examination is made known and stated orally and is later confirmed in writing. Passing the entrance examination, however, does not necessarily guarantee placement. Due to the large number of potential students, it is not possible to place students in some courses and with some teachers. You will receive official notice from the School Director by e-mail on whether you have a place and, if so, for which course, which year and which main lecturer.

Language requirement

If either Dutch or English is not your native language, you need to be able to demonstrate sufficient command of the English language through a TOEFL or IELTS test.

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