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.

The round table will take another theme: Prospects and Perspectives. 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?



Applications are now open, and we would like to invite (recorder) teachers from all over the world to submit their proposals to present at this conference, along the theme Approaching Improvisation.

We are looking for presentations of 20 minutes, consisting of 15 minutes speaking + 5 minutes for questions. The time will be strictly adhered to by our chairperson.

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal; whether you have two years teaching experience or twenty, whether you teach beginners or advanced students, in schools, peripatetic, private, or other forms of teaching. We aim to programme a diverse and varied range of presentations from different backgrounds and countries.

Facilities such as a beamer, speakers, and piano will be available. Others may be arranged in discussion with the organisers. If presenting a Powerpoint presentation, this needs to be sent to the organisation in .ppt or .pptx format by September 1.

The conference will be filmed and put on YouTube afterwards. You are also free to use this material for your own website, etc. If you are not happy with your presentation being broadcast, please let us know. The language of the conference and presentations will be English

Travel bursary: ORDA aims to find funding to offer a limited travel bursary of € 100,– per person to three speakers attending from overseas. If you would like to apply for this, please opt in in the application form.

The application form can be found here.
Deadline for application: 1 July 2019.
The selected participants will be informed by 10 July.