The Royal Conservatoire The Hague has formed a partnership with the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamber Choir) and its chief conductor, Peter Dijkstra, to create this new programme.
Through this course, the Royal Conservatoire intends to provide its students with even better preparation for a professional career. The course will begin in the academic year 2018-2019 and is intended to address graduates of a Bachelor Vocal Studies or a Bachelor Choral Conducting.
The students in the new Master’s specialisation in Ensemble Singing will follow ensemble-training lessons, introduction into various ensemble-repertoire, individual singing lessons partly aimed at the specific ensemble-needs and correpetion. An important part of their two years of Master study is the master research, prefarably with a research question related to ensemble singing. Students spend a large part of the course working with the Nederlands Kamerkoor. They will have a chance to work with many prominent international conductors, learning the specific skills they need to succeed as a vocalist in a professional ensemble in the process.
Among the skills they will learn are leadership in the context of performing in an ensemble, individual and shared musicianship and professional communication, but they will also develop a personal vision of how to plan a programme and new forms of presentation and concert formats, as well as stage presence in general.