Classical Music

Vocals

What can you expect if you choose to study Classical Vocals at the ArtEZ School of Music?

Naturally you will work in the weekly singing lessons primarily with the lecturer from your main subject of choice. Here, many topics will be discussed: technical, vocal, and musical development with a matching repertoire. Development and growth of your personality and identity as a singer and musician are key. All of this can only be achieved through mutual trust and respect.

Our team has extensive teaching experience, including teaching young talented musicians in the Young Talent class from approximately 14 years of age.
Our team has a lot of performance experience covering all aspects of the profession: opera, lead vocals, theatre, oratorio and professional choirs.
We strive for open and friendly interaction, in which the student is the central focus. It goes without saying that we expect the same attitude from you.

During the special group sessions that are organised annually by the vocals department, you will also work with two other lecturers from our team who will direct the musical aspects of these projects. The group sessions take place twice a year in five sessions of four hours. They are intended for all Bachelor’s students, who will meet and work together as a group. Themes in recent years include: operetta, Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian Songbook) by Hugo Wolf, Kurt Weil, recitative singing and singing in an ensemble. In the coming period, the agenda will include songs from Charles Ives and a Dutch programme. These group sessions are always concluded with a public concert.

During this four-year Bachelor’s programme, we provide theoretical and educational courses, as well as everything you need for your development as a singer: physical acting, speech therapy, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, haptonomy and of course French, Italian, German and English. During the language courses the emphasis is on pronunciation and textual understanding. During these lessons you will have the opportunity to sing while completing your textual assignments.

Then there are also the Song Class Projects, under the artistic responsibility of pianist Marien van Nieukerken, who always works together with a renowned guest lecturer. In recent years these lecturers have included David Wilson-Johnson, Johanette Zomer, Irene Maessen and Thomas Oliemans. These projects also feature a number of concerts, possibly also in Germany.

Master classes are also organised annually for all singers (Bachelor’s and Master’s students) in the project weeks. Guests in recent years: Barbara Hannigan, Michael Chance, Olaf Bär, Anne Klare (respiratory therapist) and Margreet Honig. The last two are regular guest lecturers.

ArtEZ has excellent répétiteurs, with whom you will work daily on your repertoire, focused on interpretation, style and your musical perception. Your personal répétiteur will provide guidance during your singing evenings and exams.

With us you will definitely not feel lost amongst massive student numbers. We ensure that you are able to receive personal attention and guidance.

ArtEZ School of Music is centrally located in the historical city centre. The building offers excellent facilities. The school of music is surrounded by churches and attractive buildings that are often used for concerts and exams.

Curious?

You are very welcome to attend our Open Day in November. You can also request an individual taster lesson with one of our lecturers. During the study try-outs in spring you can watch and listen to singing lessons if you request.

What do we expect from you?

In addition to the general admission requirements there are also specific vocal admission requirements.

1. When applying for admission to the Young Talent class:

  • You have a good, pure singing voice that is naturally young and fresh with growth potential, just like you!
  • Ideally you can already read sheet music well and play an instrument.
  • You can already communicate well and tell your ‘own story’.
  • Your repertoire befits your age and experience.
  • You can sing in three different languages.
    Repertoire suggestions:
    Dutch songs (for instance by A.M.G. Schmidt), classical music songs, Bergerettes, English folk songs (for instance by B. Britten), songs from das Lied im Unterricht, children’s songs (for instance by P. Dessau), one of the simple arias from Arie Antiche, a religious song and a short vocalisation of Vaccai or Sieber.
  • You will also prepare a short poem

Everything you sing and recite must be done from memory.

2. When applying for admission to the first Bachelor’s year:

  • You have a good singing voice with a unique character that you have already learned to master and we are able to hear that you and your voice have the potential to develop to the level of the Bachelor’s final examination within four years.
  • You will sing a not too difficult repertoire from different style periods and in four different languages. You will also prepare two vocal warm ups, one of which will be done without lyrics. Suggestions: Bordese, Concone, Lablanche, Lütgen, Marchesi or Vocalize nelle stile moderne.
  • You can communicate well through your chosen repertoire and can demonstrate visually and audibly that you thoroughly enjoy performing.
  • You will recite two poems, one in Dutch and the other in a language of your choosing.

You should be well-groomed and well-dressed, befitting of a performance or audition.
Everything you sing and recite must be done from memory, without musical notations or a music stand, except when you sing an aria from the oratorio repertoire.

3. When applying for admission to the Master’s programme:

  • You have a very well developed, beautiful singing voice with very few technical weaknesses, and which you can use to express your emotions and thoughts and stimulate your audience to feel the same.
  • You have a unique musical and artistic personality.
  • You will sing a multifaceted repertoire about a half hour in length, with a good mix of songs, oratorio and opera arias, befitting of your vocal range, appearance, personality and character.
    Virtuosity should not be missing. Vocal warm up for concert performances may also be included in your repertoire.
  • You must possess high-level collaboration and communication skills in regard to your fellow musicians and/or accompanying pianist.

We must be able to hear and see that, within two years, you will be able to develop into an independent, excellent singer who can forge their own way in the music world and successfully audition and compete.
You should be well-groomed and well-dressed, befitting of a performance or audition.
Everything you sing and recite must be done from memory, except when you sing an aria from the oratorio repertoire.

 Major lecturers

Harry van BerneHarry van Berne

Harry van Berne

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Marjan  KuiperMarjan  Kuiper

Marjan Kuiper

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Claudia  PataccaClaudia  Patacca

Claudia Patacca

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Elena  VinkElena  Vink

Elena Vink

Vocals

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