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 and submitting a questionnaire you will be scheduled for an audition. The invitations will be send at least two weeks in advance of the exams. You will then 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)
example: entrance exam listening skills (PDF)
answers for example entrance exam listening 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.
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:
Double Bass (PDF)
Classical Vocal (PDF)
Choral Conducting (PDF)
Dates entrance examinations
The application deadline is 1 February.
The practical examinations will take place from 30 March - 9 April 2020
The theory exam is scheduled before the practical exam. The theory exams take place on Saturdays in March and in the first two weeks of April. Students living abroad will be scheduled for the theory exam in April. The exams will be scheduled on the same or consecutive days if possible.The admission dates per main subject will be announced at the beginning of 2020.
There is a limited capacity for the admissions. Here you can find more information regarding availability.
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.
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.