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Research

The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp comprises former three art colleges:

  • Royal Flemish Conservatoire: BA & MA in Music (classical instruments and singing, composition, jazz & popular music)
  • Herman Teirlinck Institute: BA and MA in Drama (acting, word & media, cabaret)
  • Higher Institute for Dance: BA in Dance

The BA and MA may be followed by a doctoral program (PhD Arts). 
The PhD Arts is organized in collaboration with the University of Antwerp (UA). 
Together the Antwerp art colleges and the university form the Associated Faculty of the Arts Antwerp.
The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp has approximately 550 students.

Principal: Mr. Freddy Marien
Chairman of the Research Board: Prof. Dr. Eugeen Schreurs
Research Coordinator: Mr Kevin Voets

Research at the Royal Conservatoire is divided into four domains of expertise (research topics):

  1. Music science clusters research on the application, improvement, specialization and broadening of current music practice. In Drama practice-oriented research focuses on possible methodologies for different theatrical forms and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  2. The analytical and stylistic domain focuses on music and drama and usually links its research results to an artistic interpretation. Special attention is paid to previously unstudied or little studied repertoire that is often brought to light by critical/scientific editions (e.g. early opera – 17th century; masses composed in the Southern Netherlands ca. 1650-1750; European harmonium repertoire in the 19th century; music by 19th–20th century Flemish composers); music/drama and semiotics.
  3. Research into the context of the history of the arts looks at the performing arts in their broader social and cultural context (changing consumption, for example). In music we use the so-called ‘urban musicology’ method to reveal the mechanisms that form the basis of (historical) performance practice. 
  4. Socio-educational music/drama studies combine all sorts of research related to teaching and the social aspects of the performing arts, focusing especially on the relation between theory and practice.


The work method is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach. The elements of research mentioned above frequently overlap. 

These research topics are reflected in the Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programs, as well as in the various research projects carried out by researchers at the Conservatoire. In the Music section research is organized into three working groups:

  • Working Group for Ancient Music (WOM), chairman: Frank Agsteribbe
  • Working Group for Contemporary Music & Jazz (WHAM, chairmen: Luc Van Hove and Wim Henderickx
  • Working Group for Orchestral and Romantic Music (Missing Link), chairman: Jan Dewilde 

In the Performing Arts, research is organized into three Masters (Acting, Word & Media, Cabaret).

In addition to the wide variety of collaborations with several cultural and research organizations, two neighboring institutions are of crucial importance for the backing and development of the research policy:

1 The Royal Antwerp Conservatoire hosts one of the richest and most important libraries for musical scores and materials in the Lowlands.
Chief librarian: Jan Dewilde 

2 The Conservatoire shares its infrastructure with the most important centre for music
and the performing arts in Belgium, the International Arts Campus deSingel.
Director: Jerry Aerts