Sharing Knowledge

What musicologists can do for you

Musicologists can be invited to write a biography of an individual or an institution, provide expertise on unknown musical compositions or notations, and offer expertise to answer any questions related to the cultural policy and infrastructure of music, or its cultural and historical context.

Dutch cultural life

As music is an important societal phenomenon, deeply immersed in the daily activities of all peoples, the musical 'infrastructure' mirrors a multitude of cultural identities within a broad range of traditions, historical backgrounds and contemporary manifestations. The research group addresses many of these, while it stands firmly rooted in the concert practice of the Netherlands as well as (more incidentally) those abroad. Research group members are clearly visible as advisers and active participants in Dutch cultural life and beyond.


The group first and foremost seeks collaboration with (a) festivals, orchestras, ensembles and individual musicians, as well as relevant concert venues. At the same time, close contacts with diverse media platforms (b) are fostered, which results in active collaboration with radio- and television programmes or in a more distant type of advisory role. Furthermore, members of the group are present in (c) various academic and civic advisory boards, as well as in (d) music juries, while joining forces with (e) pedagogical institutions whenever possible. The following paragraphs provide some concrete examples:

  • Prof. Emile Wennekes gave a lecture/recital with pianist Ralph van Raat on the music in the books of Japanse author Hauruki Murakami. He conducted public interviews within the Gaudeamus International Festival for Contemporary Classical Music and Young Composers, and collaborated as consultant or moderator with several programmes broadcast on Dutch Public Television (Vrije Geluiden, and the series De IJzeren Eeuw). He is jury member of the bi-annual Music video competition MediaMusic, Moscow.
  • Prof. Karl Kügle and Dr Rebekah Ahrendt have contributed to the programme booklet of the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2013 by writing an essays on the composer Johannes Ciconia (c.1370-1412).
  • Dr. Eric Jas is consultant to the famous vocal ensemble, the Egidius Kwartet and Etcetera Records for their Leiden Choirbooks Project.
  • Dr Floris Schuiling was head of the jury awarding the Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious prize for Dutch musicians in jazz and improvised music.
  • Staff and students of Musicology founded and take part in Ars Nova Trajectina, an Utrecht-based vocal ensemble dedicated to making audible the result of musicological research to the general public.
  • Furthermore, our staff members often provide public lectures at events throughout the Netherlands and internationally, such as Culturele Zondagen and Nederlands Film Festival.
TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht
TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht (bron Wikimedia/Sebastiaan ter Burg)

Musicology student interns

Not only our researchers are available to share their musicological knowledge. Our students also have a sophisticated knowledge of music and thus make excellent interns. In the past, they have taken internships at several cultural institutions, archives and museums:

Liszt Concours and Festival | Gaudeamus Muziekweek | NTR Radio and TV | Brava | Alferink Artist Management | Netherlands Music Institute | Merlijn Twaalfhoven | Tivoli-Vredenburg | Concertgebouw Amsterdam | De Doelen Rotterdam | Muziekgebouw Eindhoven | Special Collections, University Library Utrecht | Special collections, National Library of the Netherlands | Special Collections, University Library University of Amsterdam | Meertens Institute | Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences | Museum Speelklok


Musicologists of Utrecht University collaborate with academic, cultural and societal institutes, such as: