From 5 to 13 July 2019 HKU Utrecht Conservatory will organise the 53rd edition of the Kurt Thomas Cursus for choral conducting.

What will you learn?

The Kurt Thomas Cursus of the HKU Utrecht Conservatory is an intensive course for (choral)conductors of all levels and genres. The course will be focussing on:

The teachers will share their knowledge and expertise during nine days with the participants in a variety of classes and workshops. The participants will form choirs their selves, but the Kurt Thomas Course also collaborates with the professional Kurt Thomas Chamber Choir, Utrecht Conservatory Strings and several chamber musicians and soloists.

During this they you get the opportunity to get to know eacht other, the teachers and the repertoire.

Take part at your own level

The unique concept of the course enables all participants to take part at their own level. This intensive summer course is open to amateur and (semi-) professional choral conductors.
The Kurt Thomas Cursus offers (choral)conductors an intensive programme in many genres. The Kurt Thomas Cursus distinguishes five levels, from novice (A) to advanced (E). Each group forms its own choir within the given level. In the evenings everybody can participate in the Evening Choir conducted by members of group E.

Groups C, D and E are also open to foreign participants, so the instruction language may include English.


Groups A to E
You are a choral conductor or hope to become one. You have experience in conducting a chamber choir, church choir, pop choir or something similar, or you have little experience. Or you play an instrument and wish to conduct an ensemble. Whatever your experience, during the Kurt Thomas Cursus you learn the tricks of the trade at your own level. The groups comprise a maximum of 15 persons. In view of the large number of applications groups A, B and C are usually split into several groups at each level.

You can also attend groups A to E as an auditor, joining in the singing and observing all the lessons in the group. Only active participants take turns conducting.


On the basis of information submitted on the application form the course directors determine who takes part in which group. Their decision is irrevocable.


Teachers on the Kurt Thomas Cursus have often been involved for years, but every year there are new ones as well. Without exception they are all experts who have made their name.
Have a look at ‘more about the course programme and the levels’ to see what teachers will be present during this year’s course and what repertoire they will work with.

Like last year Fokko Oldenhuis and Servaas Schreuders are the artistic leaders of the KTC and Leonoor Coppoolse and Anne-Maartje Lemereis will take care of the production of the course. If you have any questions regarding the course you can reach Leonoor and Anne-Maartje through

Practical information

5 July - 13 July 2019

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium
Mariaplaats 27/28
3511 LL Utrecht
The Netherlands

Costs (excluding scores)
Group A to E: €950
Reduced price for students of the HKU applicatiecursus : €850
Auditor group A to E: €750
Reduces price for students: €750

More about the course programme and the levels.


As a participant you will receive a personalised certificate stating that you have successfully completed the Kurt Thomas Cursus of HKU Utrecht Conservatorium.

More information and contact

Should you have any questions, please send an email:

Participants on the Kurt Thomas Cursus:

• "What a lot of energy you get from this week – I learn more here than elsewhere in a whole year."

• "I’ve not only learnt a lot as a conductor but also as a choir member and singer."

• "A very nice atmosphere, well organised and a super final concert."

• "I’ve learnt so much in a short time, words escape me, it’s so wonderful!

• "The teaching team is fantastic and they work very well together."

• "In a word: grandiose. What a wonderful week. I’ll certainly come back."

• "Every conductor should attend this course at least once."