The Royal Conservatory

Since 1997 I am teaching Double bass at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

I teach both bachelor and master students.

Within the classical department I also teach orchestra bass and I am involved in our unique Orchestra Master.

Orchestra Master

The Royal Conservatoire and the Residentie Orkest The Hague together provide the content for the two year study option Orchestra Master. This Master specialisation comes from a long held desire to improve the connection of a conservatoire education to the profession of the symphony orchestra and where possible to bring prospective talent into contact with the orchestra. Until now, the collaboration was limited to students who, through an internship, gained more experience in orchestral playing. This process was ripe for improvement.


Recruitment for the Orchestra Master is international, although both institutions also expressly hope that Dutch talent will also apply. Evaluation takes place through an audition committee in which both the Residentie Orkest The Hague and the Royal Conservatoire are represented. The standard is very high. Only students who are capable of participating fully in a concert programme with the Residentie Orkest The Hague, and can therefore be seen as young colleagues of the orchestral musicians, can be considered for this Master.


In order to compete with leading courses abroad (who offer this kind of education without requiring study fees), a grant will be given which covers the tuition fees. In exchange for this grant these Master students will reinforce the orchestra in a number of specific productions selected for this purpose. This will be initially as an addition to the existing instrumentation, but at a later stage also as regular remplaçant. These students will be available for this for the duration of their Master. This aspect is unique when compared to all other forms of collaboration which have previously taken place between conservatoires and orchestras.


Information and application Orchestra Master

Coordinator Classical Music

Susanne van Els

Tel.: 070 - 315 14 48


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