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

  • Course leader
    Christian Boel

    Arranging/ensemble
    Arjen Berends
    Servaas Schreuders

    Piano accompaniment
    Ton-Herman Melis
    Jeroen Thijsen

    Giuitar accompaniment
    Christian Boel

    Combo
    Peter van der Ent
    Jeroen Thijsen
    Ton-Herman Melis

    Cultural history
    Harmen Dijkstra

    Drama
    Mathijs van der Heide

    Main course and internship
    Erzsi Ladage
    Christian Boel
    Mari-Anne Koudijs
    Femke Bellaard
    Pim ten Have

    Cobranie
    Jeffrey Noordijk

    Choir, choir conductor and choir practicum
    Servaas Schreuders

    Music history - classical music
    Arnoud Heerings

    Music history - pop music
    Frank de Munnik

    Educational science
    Jose Konings

    Research skills
    Jose Konings

    MIX-Programme
    Erzsi Ladage
    Pim ten Have

    Solfège
    Servaas Schreuders

    Theory
    Arjen Berends

    Meet the music
    Christian Boel

    Vocals
    Dennis Kivit
    Marijke Nuchelmans
    Karin van der Poel
    Marjet Spook
    Tet Koffeman
  • Analysis/synthesis
    Ward van Woerkum
    Ruben Drenth

    Artistic research
    Ned McGowan
    Annemarie Geerling

    Artistic development
    Gijs Batelaan
    Monique Besten
    Jochem Braat
    Wiek Hijmans
    Tet Koffeman
    Esmée Olthuis
    Bart Soeters
    Eelco Topper
    Albert van Veenendaal
    e.a.

    Composition/orchestration
    Ned McGowan

    Dynamic artistry
    Myra Driessen

    Ensemble
    Gijs Batelaan
    Wiek Hijmans
    Ned McGowan
    Tobias Klein

    History and theory of making
    Annemarie Geerling

    Harmonious development
    Ward van Woerkum
    Ruben Drenth

    Instrumental play
    Bass guitar
    Bart Soeters

    Drums
    Joost Kesselaar

    Guitar
    George Dumitriu
    Wiek Heijmans
    Gijs Batelaan

    Piano
    Pieterjan Cramer
    Jochem Braat

    Saxophone
    Esmée Olthuis

    Violin
    George Dumitriu

    Vocals
    Marjet Spook
    Annelie Koning
    Kristina Fuchs

    Integral instruction propaedeutic phase
    Monique Besten
    Rogier Hornman

    Interdisciplinary collaboration
    Rogier Hornman
    Wiek Hijmans

    Internship
    Esmée Olthuis
    Hans Vermunt

    Laboratory
    Jeffrey Noordijk
    Esmée Olthuis

    Making processes/performance
    Albert van Veenendaal

    Music software
    Daniel Koomen

    Musical embodiment
    Iris van Peppen
    Francisca Rijken
    Joske Daamen

    Musical leadership
    Esmée Olthuis

    Performance art
    Monique Besten
    Lidy Six

    Professional development
    Juliette Borgers
    Tet Koffeman

    Study coaching
    Tet Koffeman

    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)

    Flute
    Aldo Baerten
    Doretthe Janssens - historical flutes

    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 Matuoka
    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
    George Dumitriu
    Marcel Karreman
    Erik Rutjes

    Musical history
    Frank de Munnik

    Piano
    Gé Bijvoet
    Bert van den Brink
    Rembrandt Frerichs
    Celia García-García
    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)
    Peter van der Ent (guitar)
    Heleen Gerretsen (vertical flute)
    Joël Groenewold (bass guitar and double bass Jazz & Pop)
    Arto Hoornweg (trumpet 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)
    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)
    Cécile Rongen (clarinet)
    Martijn Soeterbroek (drums)
    Matthijs Solinger (piano Klassieke Muziek)
    Mary Sayre (harpsichord)
    Marc Scholten (saxophone Jazz & Pop)
    Reitze Smits (organ)
    Marit Thus (piano Jazz & Pop)

    Musical pedagogy
    Heleen Gerretsen

    Didactics
    Heleen Gerretsen

    Other subjects

    Cultural entrepeneurship
    Petra Befort
    Myra Driessen

    Educational graduation work
    Annemarie Maas
    Heleen Gerretsen
    Bart Noorman
    Karin van der Poel
    Mary Sayre

    Educational internship
    Annemarie Maas
    Heleen Gerretsen

    Ensemble leadership
    Servaas Schreuders

    Music software
    Daniël Koomen
    Ton-Herman Melis

    Production courses
    Aart de Jong
    Eelco Topper

    Professional development
    Petra Befort
    Marloes Hendriks
    Doretthe Janssens
    Annemarie Maas
    Bart Noorman
    Karin van der Poel
    Erik Rutjes
  • 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
    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

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You can find HKU Utrechts Conservatorium at our location Mariaplaats.

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