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International students

The Sweelinck Orchestra is always looking for new enthusiastic members. Would you like to play along? Then sign up for the auditions and come visit the open rehearsals!

About the orchestra

The UvA Orchestra J.Pzn Sweelinck was founded in 1878, making it the oldest symphony orchestra in Amsterdam. Sweelinck consists of about seventy enthusiastic students from universities and colleges in Amsterdam and other cities who enjoy making music together at a high level and having drinks until the early hours. To learn more about the orchestra, read our the pages about our history and our conductor!

The orchestra is always looking for new members, including international students! Rehearsals are every Thursday evening from 19:30 to 22:30 and are mostly held in English. 

Auditions spring 2024

Open rehearsals
Would you like to experience the atmosphere at Sweelinck first? Come play at our open rehearsal! This will take place in January, the exact date is yet to be announced.

Auditions | January 19th & 20th
Read below which program we are playing this spring and which instruments we are looking for. For the audition, you will be asked to prepare a solo piece of approximately 5 minutes. Furthermore, you will play a number of audition fragments from the upcoming program. The registration form for the auditions can be found at the bottom of the page!

We are also looking for a new captain for the cellos! The audition date for this will be the 20th of January. You can also register for the captain auditions via the form at the bottom of the page.

Richard Strauss
Don Juan

Modest Moesorgski
Songs and Dances of Death

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Symphony no. 2

Which instruments are we looking for?


Captain cellos

Permanent positions:

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double bass

Bassoon | Horn | Trombone | Bass trombone

Project positions:

Cor anglais | Contrabassoon | Trumpet


The Sweelinck orchestra works with a semi-annual membership contribution. These prices include the rehearsal weekend.

Graduated members: € 120,-
Studying members: € 100,-
Project members: € 75,-
Sleaping members: € 35,-

Do you want to audition?

Would you like to play with Sweelinck every Thursday evening? Then fill in your details below!