The next audition will take place Saturday, January 27 2024, at the ArtEZ Conservatory, Zwolle.

are you

interested in tapping into a bigger audience of art song lovers? Why not audition for the Vrienden van het Lied: the ultimate stage for everyone who loves art song. The association offers lied duos the opportunity to bring the intimacy of art song to an appreciative audience by hosting song recitals on small public stages and in private homes.

A jury of experienced art song performers will assess the proficiency and communicative capabilities of the participating duos.
A duo consists of a singer and an instrumentalist, the latter being pianist or otherwise.

The jury of the 2024 auditions:

Cécile van de Sant, mezzo-soprano
Femke de Graaf, pianist
Selma Harkink, soprano
Daan Boertien, pianist
Marc Pantus, bass baritone

important dates

The next auditions will take place on Saturday, January 27 2024, from 11:00 AM at the ArtEZ Conservatorium, Aan de Stadsmuur 88, in Zwolle.

You can submit your application from September 1 2023, until December 1 2023. Please note that a maximum of 10 duos can be placed for the auditions.

You will be notified after December 15 2023, whether you will be invited to audition on January 27, 2024.


You can apply for an audition when:

  • both you and your duo partner are citizens of the European Union or have a permanent residence permit valid within the EU,
  • the singer of your duo can perform the audition repertoire by heart and
  • both of you are planning to give recitals together.

Please note that a duo cannot apply to audition more than twice.


Registration is possible from September 1, 2023, until December 1, 2023, by submitting a fully completed registration form.

On the form, you will be asked to submit a 15-minute audition programme containing at least:

  • one song by a Dutch composer, not necessarily in Dutch, from after 1900
  • one song in German from the German Romantic period
  • one song in French by a composer of your choice.


Please state per song:

  • title of the song and opus number
  • the composer and dates
  • the poet and dates
  • the exact duration of each song


Also, please upload the following:

  • a copy of a valid EU passport or permanent residence permit for both of you
  • a recent recording of you as a duo with three songs, including at least one song in German from the German Romantic period and one song in French by a composer of your choice


All applications will be evaluated by the Board of Artistic Advice (RAA). Forms that are incomplete will not be taken into consideration.


The audition costs € 60,00 per duo. After notification of admission, please make sure to remit this sum before January 7 2024, to the bank account number:

IBAN NL 70 INGB 0000 326 329. 
in the name of Vrienden van het Lied
stating your names and  ‘participation audition‘.

Your audition admission will be cancelled automatically if the audition fee is not received in time. Reimbursement is not possible. In exceptional cases, the treasurer will make a final decision one week before the audition date.

Please feel free to send an email to  if you have any questions about the auditions.


ArtEZ Conservatorium
Aan de Stadsmuur 88
8011 VD Zwolle