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Utrechts Conservatorium

Kurt Thomas Course 2022, for conductors and choristers!

Are you a professional or amateur conductor at a choir or orchestra? Would you like to further your development or explore conducting? Or perhaps you are a chorister? If so, the Kurt Thomas Course may well be for you. This brief and intensive course is tailor-made for professionals and amateurs who can participate at various levels and across a range of musical genres. The course runs from 10 through 15 July 2022 at the Utrecht Conservatory.

The duration and intensity of your participation is entirely up to you. There are many different options. Teachers are (among others): Boudewijn Jansen, Lieke Geraats, Dennis Broeders, Rachel Munnike, Louis Buskens and Rob Vermeulen. The full programme will be available in January 2023. The registration will start at the same time. The Kurt Thomas Course is a cooperation of HKU and Dirigentenwerkplaats Utrecht.


The full program will be available in January 2023. Registration will start at the same time.

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Who is it for?

You may be a professional or amateur conductor. Or maybe you want to simply explore conducting. Either way, please select the level that suits you. Looking at the repertoire and what the teacher brings to the table will allow you to choose a workshop (series) that interests and attracts you. You are the one who decides how long and how intensely you will experience the course. There are 4-day and 6-day workshops; you can take part as a course participant or as a trainee! To put it succinctly, you can compose your very own Kurt Thomas Course!

What is the learning process?

You can immerse yourself in (multiple) workshop series for four days or six days. You will learn about conducting under the guidance of an enthusiastic team of experienced and knowledgeable teachers. You will gain new ideas and walk away with plenty of practical tips and tools

As a participant in one of the workshop series, you will sing in the grand choir and you can also participate for free in all of the stand-alone workshops about new repertoire, children's choir, early music, and folk music. And you will have the chance to sing in the Gregorian Schola!

Days at the Kurt Thomas Course are scheduled as follows.

10:30am – 12:30pm Workshop
11:30am – 12:30pm Gregorian Schola
1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon workshop (part of the series)
4:00pm – 6:00pm Kurt Thomas grand choir (all participants + guest singers)
7:00pm – 10:00pm Evening workshop (part of the series)

Sheet music

The sheet music for all of the modules (the workshop series, the stand-alone workshops, and the Kurt Thomas grand choir) is available on the secure part of the website. Either as a PDF or via a link to the publisher where you can order the documents. Following registration, you will receive a code that gives access to the secure part of the website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a complete (and correct) set of sheet music for the duration of the course.


The registration form lists all of the modules, workshop series, stand-alone workshops, and the Schola. You can select the components that you want to take part in. Don't forget to check the times as some of the activities may overlap. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to pay and about the code that will take you to the secure part of the website. Once we receive your payment, you will be registered officially.


Questions? Send an e-mail to ktc.muziek@hku.nl.