International Conductors Contest
WMC Kerkrade 2022


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Training professional conducting talent is one of the important means of developing the sector and has been a major priority for the WMC since 1970. During the 19th edition of the festival, WMC will be collaborating with the Association of Conductors and Instructors (BvOI) in order to organize an International Conductors Contest (13-20 July 2022). The contest’s main focus is on observing the conductors in as many different conducting situations as possible. As such, participants in the contest will conduct professional ensembles and orchestras in different types of compositions. The participant has the possibility to work with the Helicon Wind Ensemble (NL), the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Air Force (BE) and the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy (NL).

The International Conductors Contest will take place during WMC 2022. Out of the total number of registrations, 24 candidates will be selected who will receive an admission for the contest. The ultimate winner of the golden baton will be decided during the final concert, where three finalists will conduct a concert in the Roda Hall.

Important information

Number of conductors to be admitted
Max. 24 participants

Contest days
1st Round (24 candidates): Wednesday July 13, 2022
2nd Round (12 candidates): Thursday July 14, 2022
Semi-finals (6 candidates): Monday July 18, 2022
Finals (3 candidates): Tuesday July 19, 2022 (rehearsal) & Wednesday July 20, 2022 (concert)

The contest venue is the Kerkrade Theater and the Roda Hall in the City of Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Rules & Regulations
Download the Rules & Regulations here.

Participation & Registration
Participation in the International Conductors Contest of WMC 2022 is open to conductors of all nationalities up until 35 years old on July 21, 2022.

Registration for the contest is done through an online application module, the My WMC Portal, that can be found below. Using this portal, participants can upload all required information. Registration closes on March 1, 2022. On April 1, 2022 participants will be informed if they are admitted to the contest. Upon registering you will need to pay a registration fee of € 300,-. In case you are not admitted into the contest you will receive a refund.

The candidates will be adjudicated by an International Team of Adjudicators, consisting of 3 people, and divided in 2 teams.

Team A (1st and 2nd round):

  • Mark Heron (UK)
  • Bjørn Sagstad (NO)
  • Henrie Adams (ES/NL)

Team B (Semi-finals and Finals):

  • Douglas Bostock (GER/UK)
  • Shizuo Kuwahara (JAP)
  • Pieter Jansen (NL)

The International Team of Adjudicators will be supervised by Jan van den Eijnden (NL) as Independent Chairman of Adjudication.


Contest Days

Wednesday July 13, 2022: 1st Round 
Thursday July 14, 2022: 2nd Round 
Monday July 18, 2022: Semi-finals
Tuesday July 19, 2022: Finals (rehearsal)
Wednesday July 20, 2022: Finals (concert)


WMC Travel

Hotel accommodations

As a participant, from this year onwards it is possible to arrange your stay via WMC Travel. Thanks to WMC Travel you can easily book your stay Hotel Rolduc in Kerkrade. 

Single comfort room € 98,00 p.p. incl. breakfast per night.

Single economy room € 68,00 p.p. incl. breakfast per night.

You can indicate this in your My WMC Portal