In July 2015, HKU Utrecht Conservatorium will be organising the Kurt Thomas Cursus for choral conducting. For nine whole days, morning, noon and night will be dominated by singing and conducting.

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The unique concept of this course will enable everyone to participate on his or her own level. This intensive summer course (49th edition) is open to amateur and (semi) professional choral conductors, either as an active participant or as an auditor.

New in 2015: Group Gregorian Chant

What will you learn?

HKU Utrechts Conservatorium Kurt Thomas Cursus is an intensive training that focuses on:

• Conducting technique
• Rehearsal technique
• Vocalization
• Repertoire: new, unknown ánd well-known master pieces, including light music repertoire in group A and B.

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What levels?

The Kurt Thomas Cursus distinguishes various levels, namely A through to E. Each group will form its own choir within the given level. Group has a professional chamber choir.

More about the course programme and the levels.

For whom?

You are a choral conductor or ambitious to become one. Maybe you have much experience as a choral conductor, maybe little. Maybe you have worked with a chamber choir, a church choir, a pop choir or otherwise. Whatever your experience, in the Kurt Thomas Cursus you will learn the tricks of the trade at your own level and following your own interests. The small groups give plenty of opportunity for individual attention.

You can also attend group A – E as an auditor. As an auditor you will join in the singing and will watch. Only the active participants will take turns conducting.


Teachers in the Kurt Thomas Cursus have sometimes been involved for years. You will meet familiar faces from previous years, but also new teachers. Often, there are teachers from abroad. Without exception they are all teachers who have made their name.

Hajo Pasveer all groups, vocal coaching)
Simone van den Dool A, B, C, D, E and Group Gregorian Chant
Servaas Schreuders A and B
Thierry Lalo (F) A and B (English spoken)
Fokko Oldenhuis A, B and C; course leader
Rob Vermeulen C and D
Louis Buskens B and E
Adrián Van der Spoel A and D
Mikhail Zemtsov C and E
Sigvards Klava (LV) D and E (English spoken)


As a participant, you will receive a personified certificate stating that you have successfully participated in the Utrechts Conservatorium Kurt Thomas Cursus.

Practical information

Friday 3rd July – Saturday 11th July

Study day Group A, B, C:
Saturday May 30th, 10.00 – 14.00 hrs.

Where: HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, Mariaplaats 27/28, 3511 LL Utrecht, The Netherlands

Application: As soon as possible and until April 15th

You will take care of accommodation yourself. The course organization may be of assistance in this. The city of Utrecht has one single camp site, in the vicinity more camp sites may be found. Naturally, Utrecht has many hotels and B&B’s. Often, participants from Utrecht can provide sleeping accommodation for fellow-participants.

Fee: (excl. scores)
Active participant A – E: 790 euros
Auditor A- E: 650 euros
Student A – E: 650 euros
Group Gregorian Chant: 550 euros

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