About (EN)

(Voor Nederlands, klik hier.)

Meesters&Gezellen (Masters & Fellows) is an ambitious concert series by and for young professional singers.

During an intensive rehearsal period, twenty young singers (Gezellen) and four experienced singers – Marijke van der Harst, Inga Schneider, Harry van Berne and Harry van der Kamp (Meesters) – work on technique, communication and phonation. Lead by Daniel Reuss (chief conductor of Cappella Amsterdam) and singing coach Geert Berghs (Conservatory of Amsterdam), they work towards a high-level performance of a challenging programme. Eight concerts will take place in concert halls around the Netherlands.

Voice groups (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) are formed by five Gezellen, in addition to one Master of the Nederlands Kamerkoor or Cappella Amsterdam.

The first goal of Meesters&Gezellen is  to offer young singers, as an addition to their training to become soloists, the opportunity to further develop their talents in ensemble singing at a high level. The second goal is to teach young singers to consider ensemble singing as an essential part of their professional development, even for a future career as a soloist.  Furthermore, it is important to develop “Nachwuchs” for the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam.

What do we offer?

• Intensive preparation with singing coach Geert Berghs and singers of the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam, both individually and in voice groups.
• Rehearsals conducted by Daniel Reuss.
• Reimbursement of travel costs and a small fee (€ 250 in earlier years).

Do you want to participate?

Are you a young advanced singing student, or recently graduated, or otherwise a singer of comparable level? Have a look here.

Young singers tell why they participated

Looking back at Meesters&Gezellen 2015

Listen to fragments of the 2017 edition

Click here for an overview of all Meesters&Gezellen editions.