ORDA-2019 Teachers' conference

Saturday 26 October, 10am–6pm


An integral part of Open Recorder Days Amsterdam is our Teachers’ Conference. The past two editions have seen a varied and diverse range of speakers, and we are looking forward to another interesting event on Saturday October 26.

This year the conference theme will be Approaching Improvisation. We look forward to presenting a wide-ranging selection of presentations on this topic. Teachers approaching improvisation in all styles, at all levels, and for all purposes are welcome to apply.

This full-day conference will feature keynote speaker Jostein Gundersen, University of Bergen. He will present a lecture upon the conference theme, and the presentations of the selected proposals will follow. Towards the end of the conference day, there will be a round table discussion, where all attendees are welcome to participate.


Everyone is very welcome to attend: you don't need to sign up in advance and admission is free.

Besides listening, you will have plenty of opportunities to express your opinion or ask questions. The language of the conference will be English.


10.00 Opening and keynote lecture
Empowerment through exploration. Improvisation in performance and education.
Jostein Gundersen – The Grieg Academy, University of Bergen (Norway)

Short break

11:30 Tell me a story. What can we learn from storytelling in improvisation education?
Robert de Bree – Royal Conservatory, The Hague (Netherlands)

11:55 Music Meets Arts. Improvisational concepts & artistic models.
Sylvia Hinz – Recorder player, improviser and private lecturer, Berlin (Germany)

12:25 Fun, not fear. How improvisation saved my musical career.
Martina Komínková – Brno Conservatory (Czech Republic)

Lunch break

14:30 Are you game to play? Free spirit of exploration.
Dodó Kis, Amsterdam (Netherlands) / Budapest (Hungary)

14:55 Considering sources. Improvising exercises based on treatises.
Jakub Kydlíček – Prague Conservatoire, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

15:20 How Suzuki Recorder students make use of their musical vocabulary to create and improvise in Musical Language
Renata Pereira – Centro Suzuki de Educação Musical, São Paulo (Brazil)

15:45 Three threads of improvisation and how a teacher can braid them.
Kathleen Schoen, Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

Short break

16:40 Prospects and Perspectives – Conference round table chaired by Sarah Jeffery (1 hour)

We invite all attendees to contribute their thoughts on the following:
• Professional career prospects for recorder players
• Expectation of students beginning their conservatoire studies
• How to help students find professional direction before, during and after their studies
• What is the role of pre-professional education in all of this?

17:40 Networking chat: an opportunity to get to know one another and swap contact details