About HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

Playing, making music and communicating is what you do at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium. It’s all about discovering your talent. You’ll become a music professional who can really communicate with your audience. Find out how you can put your talents to use and amaze your audience!

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium is one of the schools within HKU. It is a large and multi-faceted conservatoire, recognised in the European conservatory world. Our goal is to help you become a professional musician with your own views, opinions and ways of doing things, with your personal development at the core.

What can you expect

At HKU Utrechts Conservatorium you can grow into a versatile professional, functioning at the highest possible level. The music programmes are very demanding. Maybe you enjoy playing music now because it’s relaxing and fun. If you’re accepted to HKU, you’ll be working hard. A professional music programme is a full-time degree programme requiring at least 40 hours of work a week. You’ll often be busy weekends and in the evenings as well. On the other hand, you’ll be growing and expanding your talent, playing a lot of music with other students, and exploring your own creativity!

Projects and concerts

The programme at HKU is very broad-based. It’s not just about making music: you’ll also take courses about other aspects of the profession, and get practical experience. Each year, HKU organises lots of projects and concerts to help you get that experience. As an important part of Utrecht’s cultural scene, the conservatoire works closely with several performing venues such as TivoliVredenburg and De Helling.

The Courses

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium provides bachelor’s and more advanced degree programmes in music, with a range of pathways to 40 different main subjects.
  • The Bachelor of Music in Education trains you to be a music instructor. You’ll have a Dutch upper secondary teaching qualification, with which you can teach in primary and secondary schools, secondary vocational education and post-secondary education. You can also work with arts-education organisations, and of course with music ensembles, orchestras and performance venues.
  • In the Bachelor of Music in Historical Peroformance Practice you’ll develop into a musician with a broad mastery of your instrument. You’ll also learn to see music from a historical perspective. You’ll develop a critical attitude and draw conclusions by studying the sources. Your growing knowledge will keep giving you new insights.
  • In the Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Pop programme, you’ll develop as a specialist on your instrument. You’ll learn to improvise, arrange and compose. You’ll play in a variety of groups and get experience performing in ensembles and projects. You’ll learn how to tell your own story. It’s your future, and you decide what it looks like!
  • From Bach fugues to Atmospheres of Ligeti, your musical personality will grow in the Bachelor of Music in Classical Music course. You’ll become an expert on your own instrument, learn to play different styles, and explore all your talents. 
  • In the Musician 3.0 Bachelor of Music course you’ll explore your individuality and your talent by creating music yourself. You’ll do this on various instruments and in different contexts, charting your own course through different genres and styles.
  • In the two-year Master of Music (MMus) programme, your personal study plan is the core. You’ll have the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, producer, sound designer or music technician.
  • If you’re not sure if you’re ready for a bachelor’s course at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, then the Foundation Course is a good start for you. You’ll get individual singing, instrumental, and composition lessons, and the music theory and solfège classes will prepare you for the theoretical part of the entrance exam for the bachelor’s programme.
  • In addition to the four-year choral conducting programme, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium also gives a one-year practical course in Choir Conducting for Professional Musicians. In this course, you’ll get the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a vocal ensemble or choir.

The people at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

  • Choir, choir conducting and choir practicum
    Servaas Schreuders
     
    Combo
    Peter van der Ent
    Jeroen Thijsen
    Ton-Herman Melis
     
    Cultural history
    Harmen Dijkstra
     
    Drama
    Mathijs van der Heide
     
    Educational science
    Jose Konings
     
    Graduation research
    Christian Boel
    Erzsi Ladage
    Mari-Ann Koudijs
    Karin van der Poel
    Arnoud Heerings
     
    Main subject and internship
    Erzsi Ladage
    Christian Boel
    Mari-Anne Koudijs
     
    Meet the music
    Christian Boel
     
    Music history – classical music
    Arnoud Heerings
     
    Music history – pop music
    Frank de Munnik
     
    Orchestration/ensemble conducting
    Arjen Berends
    Servaas Schreuders
     
    Piano accompaniment
    Ton-Herman Melis
    Jeroen Thijsen
     
    Research skills
    Jose Konings
     
    Solfège
    Servaas Schreuders
     
    Theory
    Arjen Berends
     
    Vocals
    Dennis Kivit
    Marijke Nuchelmans
    Karin van der Poel
    Marjet Spook
    Tet Koffeman
  • Analysis/synthesis
    Pieterjan Cramer
    Ward van Woerkum
     
    Artistic research
    Annemarie Geerling
     
    Artistic development
    Gijs Batelaan
    Monique Besten
    Wiek Heijmans
    Tet Koffeman
    Esmée Olthuis
    Bart Soeters
    Eelco Topper
    Albert Veenendaal
    e.a.
     
    Communication
    Juliette Bogers
    Tet Koffeman
    Loes Wernsen
     
    Composition/orchestration
    Ned McGowan
     
    Ensemble
    Gijs Batelaan
    Wiek Heijmans
    Ned McGowan
     
    History and theory of making
    Annemarie Geerling
     
    Harmonious development
    Pieterjan Cramer
    Ward van Woerkum
     
    Instrumental play
    Bass guitar
    Joel Groenewold
    Bart Soeters
     
    Drums
    Joost Kesselaar
     
    Guitar
    George Dumitriu
    Wiek Heijmans
     
    Piano
    Pieterjan Cramer
    Albert van Veenendaal
     
    Saxophone
    Esmée Olthuis
     
    Vocals
    Tet Koffeman
    Marjet Spook
     
    Integral instruction propaedeutic phase
    Monique Besten
    Esmée Olthuis
     
    Internship
    Esmée Olthuis
     
    Laboratory
    Jeffrey Noordijk
    Esmée Olthuis
     
    Making processes/performance
    Albert van Veenendaal
     
    Musical leadership
    Esmée Olthuis
     
    Performance art
    Monique Besten
     
    Vocal playground
    Jeffrey Noordijk
  • Cello
    Jeroen den Herder
    Timora Rosler
     
    Chamber music
    Ernest Rombout
    Sebastian Koloski
     
    Choir direction and choir practicum
    Rob Vermeulen
     
    Church music
    Mark Lippe (main subject teacher)
     
    Clarinet
    Harrie Troquet
    Celeste Zewald
     
    Composition
    Caroline Ansink
    Jeroen d'Hoe
     
    Correpetition
    Leon Bak
    Marian Bolt
    Carl van Reenen
    Mariken Zandvliet
     
    Declamation
    Luca Avanzi (Italian)
    Anna Kramer (German)
    José Lieshout - van de Sande (French)
     
    Double bass
    Quirijn van Regteren Altena
     
    Drama
    Gusta Gerritsen Teengs
     
    Educational subjects
    Heleen Gerretsen (main subject teacher)
    Huub Sprang (main subject teacher)
     
    Flute
    Aldo Baerten
     
    Hobo
    Ernest Rombout
     
    Music theory
    Daan van den Hurk
    Eeuwe de Jong (main subject teacher)
    Mark Lippe
    Kees van Unen
     
    Musical history
    Arnoud Heerings
     
    Musician's Health
    Criss Taylor
     
    Orchestration
    Willem van Merwijk
     
    Piano
    Sebastian Colombo Garcia
    Henry Kelder (main subject teacher)
    Klara Wurtz
     
    Production subjects
    Aart de Jong
    Eelco Topper
     
    Saxophone
    Johan van der Linden (main subject teacher)
     
    Stage training
    Wilfred van de Peppel
     
    Trumpet
    Arto Hoornweg
     
    Viola
    Annemarie Konijnenburg
    Mikhail Zamtsov
     
    Violin
    Chris Duindam (main subject teacher)
    Lis Huibers - Perry (main subject teacher)
    Eeva Koskinen
    Carla Leurs
    Hebe Mensinga
     
    Vocals
    Selma Harkink
    Karin van der Poel (main subject teacher)
    Dobrinka Voolstra - Yankova
  • Theory
    Arjen Berends
    Daan van den Hurk
    Bart Noorman and Virtual Music School
  • Analysis/synthesis
    Bart Soeters
     
    Applied musical theory
    Bart Noorman and Virtual Music School
     
    Band Skills - coaching
    Year 1: band skills
    Tobias Nijboer
    Erik Rutjes
     
    Year 2 and 3: band skills specials
    Gé Bijvoet: duos/trios
    Bert van den Brink: jazz & beyond
    Rembrandt Frerichs: world music impro
    André Groen: latin
    Joël Groenewold: funk
    Theo de Jong: brasil
    Joost Kesselaar: jazz & beyond
    Tobias Nijboer: duos/trios
    Toon Roos: fusion
    Erik Rutjes: pop/production
    Eelco Topper: live electronics
    Angelo Verploegen: jazz traditionals
    Bart de Win: singer-songwriter lab
     
    Year 4 and Master of Music: band skills individual project
    Martijn Crama
    Tami Toledo
    Hannie van Veldhoven
    Several guest teachers
     
    Bass guitar
    Joël Groenewold
    Theo de Jong
     
    Big band (project)
    Ilja Reijngoud
     
    Close harmony (project)
    Henk Kraaijeveld
    Maartje Meijer
    Diverse gastdocenten

    Creating music
    Jan Schröder
     
    Double bass
    Tobias Nijboer
    Quirijn van Regteren Altena (technique)
     
    Orchestration/composition
    Konrad Koselleck
     
    Drums
    André Groen
    Joost Kesselaar
     
    Flute
    Mark Alban Lotz
     
    Guitar
    Marcel Karreman
    Erik Rutjes
     
    Musical history
    Frank de Munnik
     
    Piano
    Gé Bijvoet
    Bert van den Brink
    Rembrandt Frerichs
    Ton-Herman Melis
    Marit Thus
    Hannie van Veldhoven
    Bart de Win
     
    Practical rhythm lab
    André Groen
     
    Saxophone
    Toon Roos
    Marc Scholten
     
    Trumpet
    Angelo Verploegen
     
    Vocals
    Lydia van Dam
    Annemarie Maas
    Harjo Pasveer
    Bart de Win
  • Baroque cello and classical cello
    Viola de Hoog
     
    Baroque oboe
    Daniël Lanthier
     
    Baroque trombone
    Bram Peeters
     
    Baroque violin and baroque viola
    Antoinette Lohmann (main subject teacher)
     
    Basso continuo
    Mary Sayre
     
    Carillion
    Frans Haagen
    Christiaan Winter (harmony at the carillion)
     
    Chamber music
    Joshua Cheatham
    Siebe Henstra
    Viola de Hoog
    Heiko ter Schegget
     
    Choir direction and choir practicum
    Rob Vermeulen
     
    Correpetition
    Jörn Boysen
     
    Harpsichord
    Siebe Henstra
     
    Historical documentation
    Antoinette Lohmann
     
    Historical flutes/traverso
    Doretthe Janssens
     
    Musician's health
    Criss Taylor
     
    Musical history
    Arnoud Heerings
     
    Musical theory
    Euwe de Jong (main subject teacher)
    Kees van Unen
     
    Oboe
    Daniel Lanthier
     
    Orchestra practicum
    Antoinette Lohmann
     
    Orchestration
    Willem van Merwijk
     
    Organ
    Reitze Smits
     
    Vertical flute
    Heiko ter Schegget
     
    Viola da gamba/violone
    Joshua Cheatham
  • Educational subjects
     
    Methodology
    Caroline Ansink (flute Classical Music)
    Marjolijn Boersma (violin and viola)
    Johan Faber (drums)
    Heleen Gerretsen (vertical flute)
    Joël Groenewold (bass guitar and double bass Jazz & Pop)
    Arto Hoornweg (trumpet Classical Music)
    Marcel Karreman (guitar)
    Gerry Koolhof - Muskens (piano Classical Music)
    Johan van der Linden (saxophone Classical Music)
    Antoinette Lohmann (baroque violin and baroque viola)
    Mark Alban Lotz (flute Jazz & Pop)
    Annemarie Maas (vocals Jazz & Pop)
    Gerry Muskens (piano Classical Music)
    Els van Naegele - van Oldenborgh (cello)
    Bart Noorman (trumpet Jazz & Pop)
    Els van Oldenborgh (cello)
    Karin van der Poel (vocals Classical Music)
    Quirijn van Regteren Altena (double bass Classical Music)
    Ernest Rombout (oboe)
    Cecile Rongen (clarinet)
    Mary Sayre (harpsichord)
    Marc Scholten (saxophone Jazz & Pop)
    Reitze Smits (organ)
    Hannie van Veldhoven (piano Jazz & Pop)
     
    Musical pedagogy
    Huub Sprang
    Heleen Gerretsen
     
    Didactics
    Huub Sprang
    Heleen Gerretsen
     
    Other subjects
     
    Cultural entrepeneurship
    Petra Befort
     
    Educational graduation work
    Annemarie Maas
    Heleen Gerretsen
    Bart Noorman
    Karin van der Poel
    Huub Sprang
     
    Educational internship
    Annemarie Maas
    Heleen Gerretsen
    Huub Sprang
     
    Ensemble leadership
    Servaas Schreuders
     
    Exposure
    Petra Befort
    Doretthe Janssens
    Annemarie Maas
    Bart Noorman
    Karin van der Poel
    Erik Rutjes
    Huub Sprang
     
    Music software
    Daniël Koomen
    Ton-Herman Melis
     
    Orientation on study and profession
    Marijke Arnold
    Criss Taylor
     
    Production courses
    Aart de Jong
    Eelco Topper
     
    Professional development
    Marloes Hendriks
    Huub Sprang
     
    Studiecoaching year 3
    Petra Befort
    Heleen Gerretsen
    Doretthe Janssens
    Tet Koffeman
    Annemarie Maas
    Bart Noorman
    Karin van der Poel
    Erik Rutjes
    Huub Sprang
  • Advanced jazz & pop analysis
    Bart Soeters
     
    Advanced language coaching for vocalists
    José Lieshout, Frans
    Luca Avanzi, Italiaans
    Dobrinka Yankova, Russisch
    Anna Kramer, Duits
     
    Advanced rhythm & pulse
    Ned McGowan
     
    Arranging for applied contexts
    Willem van Merwijk
     
    Arranging jazz & pop
    Konrad Koselleck
     
    Composition work lab
    Jeroen D'hoe
     
    Historical informed performance lab
    Antoinette Lohmann
     
    Improvisation & performance practices
    Mary Sayre
     
    Jazz & pop lab
    Bart Soeters
    diverse gastdocenten
     
    Master composers of the 17th century
    Mary Sayre
     
    Mentoring master of music
    Maarten Jansen
    Anne-Maartje Lemereis
    Mary Sayre
    Huub Sprang (kerndocent)
    Ned McGowan
     
    Music, art & culture
    Frank de Munnik
    Arnoud Heerings
     
    Musical leadership
    Servaas Schreuders
     
    Musician in society
    Cécile Rongen
     
    Non-western rhythms & techniques
    Sjahin Düring
     
    Physical stage training
    Wilfred van de Peppel
     
    Study coach / research supervisor / practical workplacement project supervisor
    Maarten Jansen
    Anne-Maartje Lemereis
    Mary Sayre
    Bart Soeters
    Huub Sprang

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