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Procedure for the annual audition

The auditions 2018 will take place on Saturday 27 October or on 3 November between 10:00 and 16:00 in the Utrecht School of Music, Mariaplaats 27, Utrecht. The School of Music is situated at a 5 minutes walking distance from the Utrecht Central Station. As every year, candidates shall be appraised by a panel of renowned professional singers.

Conditions of participation

  • The auditions are open to singers and piano accompanists who are resident of the European Union. Candidates, including their accompanists, are therefore required to have either a valid European Union Passport or a permanent European Union Residence Permit.
  • Singers can take part in Vereniging Vrienden van het Lied auditions only twice.
  • Candidates are requested to take part in the auditions together with the accompanist with whom they wish to organise performances, should the candidate indeed be included in the pool of soloists.

Program requirements
In order to take part in the auditions, candidates should send in a program with a duration of maximum 15 minutes. The programme should in any event meet the following requirements:

  • At least one of the songs performed needs to have been composed by a Dutch composer; please note that lyrics do not need to be in Dutch;
  • At least one song in German language by one of the following composers needs to be performed: Schubert, Schumann, Brahms or Strauss;
  • At least one song in French language needs to be performed.

Please refer to the attached application form. Note that the application form needs to be duly filled out, including the first name as well as birth year and year of death of each composer, opus number and name of the songwriters. Please include the exact duration of each song. In addition to the application form please include a copy of your own as well as your accompanist’s EU passport or permanent EU Residence Permit. Further, please include a recent sound recording of yourself and the accompanist with whom you wish to take part in the auditions. This sound recording needs to comprise three songs, of which in any event one in French language and one in German language. On the basis of this sound recording, members of the Advisory Board of the Vereniging Vrienden van het Lied will determine whether you may take part in the auditions. You will be informed of this decision a couple of weeks after sending in your application and sound recording.

Your application needs to be received by the below address before 20 September 2018. In the event that too many applications are received, the order of receipt shall be decisive. Please send your duly filled out application form, copies of EU passports or valid EU Residence Permits and sound recording together to eugenie_ditewig@hotmail.com.

Incomplete applications shall not be taken into account.

Application fees
Application fees amount to 50 Euro per duo. After confirmation of acceptance to the auditions, the audition fees need to be deposited before 12 October 2018 on IBAN number NL70 INGB 0000 326329 en BIC INGBNL2A , in the name of ‘Vrienden van het Lied’ in Utrecht, with reference to ‘participation audition’.
In the event that the application fees are not received before 12 October 2018, the application shall be cancelled automatically.

Please note that only in exceptional circumstances, and after consultation with the Financial Administration, audition fees may be refunded until 7 days prior to the auditions.

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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