Classical singing

Do you choose to study classical singing at Codarts? Then we as a team are ready to use all our experience to train you to become the widely deployable professional required by the professional field.

Unique in the Netherlands

At Codarts we prepare you for a career in a music world that is constantly changing. You become an independent, enterprising singer who knows what makes him/her unique. You, as a student, are central and, through an extensive program of singing lessons, coaching, drama lessons, master classes, physical training, language lessons, concerts, projects, ensemble singing and annual opera productions, you will be able to discover where your strengths lie and what your artistic signature will be.

We do that by taking care of and work on:

  • a solid vocal-technical basis
  • introduction to diverse genres and styles
  • 4 public vocal concerts per year
  • weekly interpretation classes for all students given by all main subject teachers
  • integration of physical theater training in the interpretation classes with movement experts
  • masterclasses, including from Margreet Honig with whom we have entered into a long-term exclusive partnership
  • weekly drama lessons
  • 3 ensemble and/or choir projects every year
  • an annual staged opera project
  • an annual project week in collaboration with the Music Theater department

Preparatory course, bachelor and master

As a preparatory student you work with your main subject teacher every week and you participate in all joint activities of the singing department, including the vocal concerts. You also work with a Codarts teacher on the preparation for the theory entrance exam.

As a bachelor’s student you have weekly lessons from your own main subject teacher and you work with the other teachers during the weekly interpretation class. You also work weekly with a pianist/coach on your repertoire. The other vocal-specific subjects are Italian, French, German (year 1 and 2 and on request senior students), drama, piano-singing duo class and chamber choir. General subjects: piano (practical harmony), music theory and history. You will also participate in the drama productions of the department, the master classes and all presentations.

As a master’s student you have weekly lessons from your own main subject teacher and you also work with the other teachers during the weekly interpretation class. You also work weekly with a pianist / coach on your repertoire. You deepen your personal profile in an artistic research that is linked to the main subject and is always related to your further development as a singer. In the master phase you will also participate in the drama productions of the department, the master classes and all presentations.

Teachers

Henk Neven, main subject
Marcel Reijans, main subject, faculty representative
Charlotte Riedijk, main subject
Daan Boertien, coach/co-rehearsals
David Bollen, coach/co-rehearsals
Maarten Hillenius, coach/co-rehearsals
Jan Willem Passchier, repetitor, coordinator voice-piano duo’s and drama projects
David Prins, drama
Cora Schmeiser, German
Anna Marieke Zijlstra, French
Stefano Orlando, Italian
Cora Peeters, didactics
Sandra Roosenburg, speech therapie
Diverse gastdocenten, fysical trainings

More information?

Email us classicalsinging@codarts.nl or like us on Facebook.
You are also very welcome for trial lessons or taster days!