The Kurt Thomas Cursus distinguishes various levels. Each group forms its own choir within the given level.

Level A – amateurs

For beginning amateur conductors. Requirements: general musical training, reasonable tonal concept of the score and good use of the voice.

Level B – for experienced amateurs / beginning professional musicians

For the professional musician embarking on conducting or the amateur conductor with some experience. Requirements: clear tonal concept of the score, good use of the voice and insight into scores.
In groups A and B light music is also discussed, with piano accompaniment and possibly bass and drums. Other repertoire is a capella.

Level C – for experienced conductors with an instrumental ensemble

For more experienced conductors who will work with choir, soloists and a small instrumental ensemble: the professional musician, conservatory student of choral conducting and the advanced amateur conductor. Requirements: clear tonal concept of reasonably complex scores, sufficient conducting technique and experience as a choral singer.

Level D – professionals with chamber choir

For beginning or advanced professionals who will work with an a cappella professional chamber choir. Requirements: a good command of conducting technique, a clear tonal concept of complex scores and broad experience as a choral singer.

Level E – professionals with large choir and orchestra

For beginning or advanced professionals who will work with the Evening Choir formed by all course participants, with a string orchestra. Requirements: a good command of conducting technique, a clear tonal concept of complex scores and broad experience as a choral singer.

Teachers and repertoire

Teachers and repertoire 2019

Jos van Veldhoven - Group C & D
Martin Wright - Group D & E
Merel Martens - Vocal Jazz & Pop Group A & B
Mikhaïl Zemtsov - Group C & E
Louis Buskens - Group B & E + technique
Adrián van der Spoel - Group A & D + Gregorian Chant
Servaas Schreuders - Group A & B
Fokko Oldenhuis - Group C + technique in group A & B
Peggy Hegeman - Children's choir 5-days
Caro Kindt - Children's choir 5-days

Children's Choir
information will follow soon

Group A – a capella
Drömmarna - J. Sibelius
On lapsonen Syntnynut - J. Sibelius
John Anderson - R. Schumann
Don't stop me now - Queen (arr. M. Martens)
Grow old with me - Tom Odell (arr. M. Martens)
Halo - Beyoncé (arr. M. Martens)
Come again - J. Dowland
Mille regretz - J. des Prez
Perder gl'amici & Perche ripieno - uit: Lauda Spirituale

Group B – a capella & with piano
O Radiant Dawn - J. Macmillan
Paradiso Gloria - P. Rips-Laul
Uusmaalaisten - J. Sibelius
Home - Dotan (arr. M. Martens)
I follow rivers - Ly/Finger (arr. M. Martens)
Shiny happy people - REM (arr. M. Martens)
Lasciate mi morire - C. Monteverdi
There was an old man - M. Seiber
Süsser Tod - K. Stahmer

Group C – choir & ensemble
Nonsense Songs (deel 1, 2 en 5) - W. Knight
Jubilate Deo (Orchesterfassung) - J. Swider
Salve Regina (in g-klein) - J. Haydn
Ave Verum Corpus - W.A. Mozart
Children's Corner op.39 - P.I. Tchaikovsky (arr. Dubinsky) (delen n.t.b.)

Group D – a capella
Ich lasse dich nicht - J.S. Bach
Lieber Herr gott, wecke uns auf - J.Chr. Bach
Warum ist das Licht gegeben? - J. Brahms
The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticorne (delen nt.b.) - G.C. Menotti
Domine ne in furore tuo arguas me - A. Gabrieli
An den Wassern zu Babel - H. Schütz

Group E – with choir and string orchestra
Epithalamion (delen n.t.b.) - R. Vaughan Williams
Dona Nobis Pacem - P. Vasks
Variations on a theme by Frank Bridge - B. Britten

Evening choir
Epithalamion (delen n.t.b.) - R. Vaughan Williams
Dona Nobis Pacem - P. Vasks

The Course

Groups A - E
• Each day commences with Reveille at 09:30 with all groups together: warming up, Gregorian chant, voice training and conducting technique.
• Lessons per group with conducting turns for active participants.

• Time for individual or group study.

• Evening Choir every evening: all participants sing under group E participants.

• The course day ends at 20:15 hours and further on in the week at 21.30 hours or later. Then it’s time for talking things over at an outdoor café, for preparing repertoire, going home or spending the night in Utrecht.

• Saturday 13 July: assessments, general afternoon rehearsal and final evening concert at the Nicolaïkerk.

The times metioned are not definite yet, but are meant to give you an idea of the schedule during the course. Every participant will receive a final schedule by email before the course strats.
Firday July 5 09.30 - 20.15
Saturday July 6 09.30 - 20.15
Sunday July 7 14.00 - 20.15
Monday July 8 09.30 - 20.15
Tuesday July 9 09.30 - 17.00
Wednesday July 10 09.30 - 21.15
Thursday July 11 09.30 - 21.15
Friday July 12 09.30 - 22.00
Saturday July 13 09.30 - 23.00

Extra course day A, B and C

For groups A, B and C a preparatory study session will be held on Saturday 15 June from 10.00-13.00 hours at Utrechts Conservatorium. Participation is highly recommended.

Kurt Thomas Cursus then

From 1965 till today hundreds of conductors – both amateurs and professionals – have taken part in the Kurt Thomas Cursus. Kurt Thomas (1904-1973) was a German composer, conductor and educator. In 1965 he directed the first course in Scheveningen. Many annual courses followed in The Hague and Scheveningen.

From 1995 the course took place in Utrecht under the auspices of SNK/Unisono. It was held once only in Middelburg in 2009.

Kurt Thomas Cursus now

As of 2011 the course is back in Utrecht under the umbrella of the Utrechts Conservatorium, which deals with the organisation and thus maintains an important training opportunity for choral conductors. The unique concept of the course remains unchanged: with groups at different levels and intensive collaboration between experienced teachers, the Kurt Thomas Cursus will this year– in its 51st edition – once again give a major impulse to our rich (inter-)national choral culture. Since its launching in 1965 hundreds of amateur and professional conductors have taken part in the Kurt Thomas Cursus.