17th Audition training course for harpists 2016

at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, given by Sandrine Chatron

The yearly Audition training for harpists will be given by Sandrine Chatron, solo harpist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and will take place from February 21st to February 25th 2016 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

This course takes the form of an orchestral repertoire coaching course, focusing on audition preparation, providing the opportunity for mock auditions, and a final audition with a professional jury at the end of the course. The winner of the final audition will be invited to play one programme as a substitute with the undefinedNetherlands Philharmonic Orchestra during the next season.

The main purpose of the training is to provide the opportunity to experience first hand an audition situation, and all that that entails - the sense of competition, the possibility of stage fright, and the level of concentration needed. These specific issues and others will be approached directly in order to enable the participants to master their skills in preparation for an audition.

The work will be done on an individual and a group basis.

Maximum 9 participants can join the training. The training is free of charge for CvA students and open to everybody else. The fee is €150,- for students and €200,- for professionals.

Repertoire list

1 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique - Un Bal
2 Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, mvts 4 and 5 (96 to 112 and 345 to 356)
3 Berg Sieben Frühe Lieder, No 6 and 7
4 Chabrier España (Beginning to 16 before B, and M-N)
5 Prokofiev Romeo and Julia, Suite No 1, mvt 6,'Romeo and Julia', ([51] to [57])
6 Ravel Tzigane cadenza and No. 12 and 21
7 Smetana Vyšerad Cadenza from Ma Vlast
8 Strauss Salome's Dance (10 before [Q] to [Y]
9 Stravinsky Symphony in Three movements, part 3 (beginning to 148, 171-end)
10 Tchaikovsky Cadenza: Swan Lake, or Nutcracker, or Sleeping Beauty
11 Verdi Ouverture La forza del destino
12 Wagner Die Walküre, Feuerzauber
13 Wagner Tannhaüser Act 1, scene 2 ( beginning to [B])

Links to the sheet music of all the requested excerpts will be sent after the application.

time schedule

Sunday 21-2 10.00-13.00 / 14.00-17.00h Monday 22-2 9.00-12.00 / 18.30-21.30h
Tuesday 23-2 9.00-12.00 / 13.00-16.00h Wednesday 24-2 9.00-12.00 / 13.30-16.30h

final audition

Thursday 25-2 14.00h Sweelinckzaal (open to the public)


A pre-selection will be held on January 14th at 15.00h at the CvA.

Required excerpts:
* Ravel - Tzigane Cadenza
* Strauss - Salomé’s dance
* Stravinsky - Symphony in Three movements, part 3
* Wagner - Walküre, Feuerzauber 

Applicants from abroad are requested to send links to YouTube recordings with these excerpts, this can be done through the online application form.

After the pre-selection, candidates will be notified of their selection for the audition training course no later than January 17th, and will be required to pay the course fees directly to the CvA, no later than January 21st.


Payment of the fee must be made to:

Stichting Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Postbus 78022
1070 LP Amsterdam

IBAN: NL75ABNA 0411763822

please mention ‘Audition training harp 2016-Sandrine Chatron'

how to apply

Applications with a CV and motivation letter are to be submitted through the undefinedonline application form.

Closing date for application: January 10th, 2016