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Procedure for the annual audition

The 2019 audition will take place on Saturday, October 26, between 10:00 and 16:00 in the Utrecht Conservatory, Mariaplaats 27, Utrecht. The conservatory is located at 5 minutes walking distance from the central station. The annual audition for the Vrienden van het Lied is open to singers, and their pianists or other instrumentalists, who are residents of the EU. They must have a valid EU passport or a permanent residence permit. Singers can audition no more than twice.

The candidates are evaluated by a panel of renowned professional musicians from the singing world. The singers must audition with the pianist or other instrumentalist with whom they wish to give concerts, should they be accepted to the list of soloists. The level expected is that of a graduate student or a student in the last phase of study or a similar level. The singer should perform the songs by heart, with the exception of very modern works and/or in exotic languages. The sung texts must be pronounced correctly and candidates must be able to hold the public’s interest during an entire song recital.

In order to participate in the audition, applicants must submit a program of up to 15 minutes. The program must meet the following conditions:

  • At least one song by a Dutch composer. This does not need to be sung in Dutch;
  • At least one song in German by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms or Strauss;
  • At least one song in French.

The application form must be accompanied by a copy of a valid EU passport or of a permanent residence permit valid for the EU (yours as well as the instrumentalist’s) and a recent recording of yourself and the instrumentalist with whom you want to audition. This sound recording must consist of three songs, at least one sung in French and one sung in German. On the basis of this recording, members of the Advisory Committee of the VVHL will assess whether you will be invited to participate in the auditions or not. This will be communicated to you a few weeks after submission.

The application form, copies of residence permits of both applicants and the sound recording, should all be sent together to eugenie_ditewig@hotmail.com (please note the low hyphen between Eugenie and Ditewig).

The program form must be filled in clearly and completely, i.e. with the composer’s first name and year of birth and death, opus numbers and names of the poets. Also the exact duration of each song.

The application must be received before SEPTEMBER 20. In the event of too many applicants the date of order of entry will be decisive. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The cost of participation in the audition amounts to 50 euros per duo. This amount -after being accepted for the audition- should to be credited before OCTOBER 12 to our account with IBAN number NL70 INGB 0000326329 in the name of ‘Vrienden van het Lied’ in Utrecht, The Netherlands, quoting 'Deelname auditie'.
If the audition fee has not been received in time, then the registration will be cancelled automatically.

In the case of cancellation by applicants up to one week before the audition, the audition fee can only be refunded under exceptional circumstances and in consultation, as determined by the treasurer.


Utrechts Conservatorium

Application form
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Coordination audition
Vrienden van het Lied
Eugenie Ditewig
Nicolailaan 3
3723 HR Bilthoven

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