Extended biography

Surname:  Vos
Christian names: Gerard Willem Elise
Usual name:  Ger
Place of birth: Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Date of birth: April 19, 1944
Address:  Uiverweide 8, 6708 LC  Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone number: 0031 (0) 317-425628

Profession: Choir conductor
                  Orchestra conductor
                  Pedagogue choir and orchestra conducting

Registered at the “Register van Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars”, register no. 7010

Member of the “Koninklijke Nederlandse Toonkunstenaarsvereniging” (Royal Dutch Union of Musicians)

Professional musical degrees and courses:


1971-1975: Practical diploma Harmony and Brass band conducting with Hubert Cardous & Martin Koekelkoren
                    at the Conservatory of Maastricht

1973-1977: Practical diploma Choir conducting with Jos Besselink at the Conservatory of Maastricht

1978-1980: Diploma Performing Musician with Jan Eelkema at the Conservatory of Rotterdam

1982-1986: Diploma Performing Musician Orchestra conducting with Anton Kersjes and Lucas Vis
                    at the Conservatory of Maastricht


1975-1979: ‘Kurt Thomas’ course (summer course of two weeks) for choir conductors with, a.o.,
                     Felix de Nobel, Jan Eelkema and Hans van den Hombergh in the Hague, The Netherlands
1977:            Master class as part of the ‘Wiener Meisterkurse’ in Vienna with professor Eric Ericson
                     about conducting, interpretation and performance of contemporary choir music
1977-1981: Orchestra conducting practical with the then “Gewestelijk Orkest” in Delft, The Netherlands,
                    with David Porcelein and Jan Eelkema
1975-1978: Study weekends about practices in performances of ancient choir music at the Institute
                    of Musical Sciences in Utrecht with Jan Boeke and Frans Moonen


Performing and teaching activities

As a permanent conductor Ger Vos is/has been associated with the following unions:


-         The Hoensbroeks Kamerkoor, from 1979 to 1990.

-         The Toonkunstkoor Geleen, from 1981 to 1997.
      A choir that performs yearly, together with an orchestra (Limburgs Symphonie Orkest) and solists.

-         The Eindhovense Christelijke Oratoriumvereniging, from 1981 to August 1990.
      A choir that performed annually together with orchestra and solists.
      The accompanying orchestra was the Brabants Orkest.
      Incidentally, the choir performed together with the Randstedelijk Begeleidingsorkest and the Dordts Kamerorkest.

-         The Kerkraads Symphonie Orkest, from January 1990 to December 1991.

-         The Maaslands Operette en Musical Gezelschap, from 1998 to 2002.


-         The Toonkunstkoor Wageningen, since August 1990.
      A choir that performs annually with orchestra and solists.
      In the past, the accompanying orchestra was Het Gelders Orkest.

-         The Concertkoor Haarlem (formerly known as: Koor Katholiek Haarlem), since November 1991.
      A choir performing annually with orchestra (the former Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest).

-         The student choir of the Wageningse Studenten Koor en Orkest Vereniging (WSKOV), since 1985.
      A choir that gives 4 concerts per year, performing both a cappella pieces and pieces together with the student orchestra.

-         The Vocaal Ensemble Vivavoce in Wageningen since the foundation in 1992.
      A choir that works project-based and performs both a cappella pieces and pieces together with a small orchestra.

-         The Christelijke Oratoriumvereniging “Valerius”, Barneveld, since June 2003.
      A choir that performs yearly with orchestra and solists.

As a guest conductor Ger Vos was involved in the following projects:

1985: An orchestra project with a youth symphony orchestra consisting of pupils of the schools
          of music of Oisterwijk, Hilvarenbeek and Goirle.

1986: An opera production of the school of music in Oisterwijk with a performance
          of the church opera Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten.

1986: A jubilee concert of the Koninklijke Christelijke Zangersbond in the Grote Kerk in Breda
          with a composite choir, the Dordts Kamerorkest and solist in a performance of the Matthew’s Passion of G. Ph. Telemann.

1986: A jubilee concert of the Koninklijke Christelijke Zangersbond in the St. Annakerk in Maastricht
          with a compound choir, the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest and solists in a performance of
          the Requiem by G. Fauré and the Te Deum by A. Dvořák.

1988: A number of educational concerts with the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest throughout the entire province of Limburg.

1988: An opera production by the schools of music of Oisterwijk, Hilvarenbeek and Goirle in a performance
          of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Henry Purcell in an international cast.

1989: A concert production by the Limburgs Symphonie Orkest as part of the Wereld Muziek Concours
          Kerkrade 1989. Task: study the 2nd symphony by G. Mahler with a composite choir and
          leading the so called ‘Fernorchester’.

1990: An opera production with a composite cast in a performance of ‘Down in the Valley’ by Kurt Weill.

1995: A choir production with all Wageningen choirs as part of a memorial concert
          with the Gloria of John Rutter for choir, solists, wind instruments and organ in the Grote Kerk in Wageningen.

2000-20003: Conducting the scratch opera during the famous yearly scratch days in Leiden.

2002: A choir production with a number of choirs from Wageningen  at the celebration of Liberation Day (5th of May).

As a teacher, Ger Vos was involved in the following institutions:

From 1-3-1981 until 31-7-1985: teacher choir training at the school of music in Valkenburg a.d. Geul (Limburg, the Netherlands)

From 1-8-1985 until 31-7-1986: teacher main subject Choir conducting at the Stedelijk Conservatorium in Arnhem (Gelderland, the Netherlands)

From 1-9-1981 until 31-7-1990: teacher choir conducting at the school of music in Beek (Limburg, the Netherlands)

From 1-9-1981 until 31-7-1990: course leader/teacher choir conducting at the Stichting Samenwerkende Nederlandse Korenorganisaties (SNK) in Beek (Limburg, the Netherlands)

From 1-9-1990 until 31-10-1996: course leader/teacher choir conducting at the SNK, course in Helmond (NL)

From 1-10-1997 until 4-11-2000: course leader/teacher choir conducting at the SNK, course in Den Bosch (NL)

From July 1980 until now: teacher at the ‘Kurt Thomas’ summer course for conductors, in Utrecht (before in the Hague)

Other activities: (past)

-         Since 1980: for several year's permanent employee at the biannual Brabants Korenfestival in Eindhoven
      as leader of a workshop about contemporary choir music

-         Lectures and workshops about choir training, rehearsal techniques, interpretation and conducting

-         Member of the jury at several choir festivals

-         Member of the panel at choir festival, at Omroep Limburg

Conducted operas and orchestra pieces: (during the last 15 years)

-         Operas:

       Noye's Fludde                                   B. Britten

       Dido and Aeneas                              H. Purcell

       Down in the Valley                           K. Weill

       Several fragments from operas by G. Verdi



    Orchestra pieces:


       Ricercare                                                 H. Andriessen           Conserv.Orkest Maastricht

       Symphonie Nr.5                                       L.van Beethoven                               ,,

       Clarinetconcert Nr.1                                C.M.von Weber                                 ,,

       Ouverture La belle Hélène                      J. Offenbach                                      ,,


       Ma Mère L'oye                                         M. Ravel                     Limburgs Symphonie Orkest

       Sheherazade                                            M. Ravel                                           ,,

       Petrouchka (1947)                                    I. Strawinsky                                     ,,

       Andante from Symph./Paukenslag           J. Haydn                                            ,,

       Hungarian Dance No.5                             J. Brahms                                          ,,

       Danse Macabre                                        C. Saint-Saëns                                  ,,

       Temporale (Barbier v. Sevilla)                  G. Rossini                                         ,,

       Karelia Suite                                             J. Sibelius                                         ,,


       Ouverture Rosamunde                             F. Schubert          Kerkraads Symphonie Orkest

       Ballet music Rosamunde                          F. Schubert                                 ,,

       Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker)            P. Tchaikovsky                            ,,

       Arlesiënne-suite No.2                             G. Bizet                                       ,,

       Hungarian Dances No.'s 5 en 6                J. Brahms                                    ,,

       Ouverture Orpheus                                  J. Offenbach                                ,,

       Radetzky-march                                       J. Strauss                                    ,,

       Eine Steppenskizze                                 A. Borodin                                   ,,

       Scènes Alsaciennes                                 J. Massenet                                  ,,

       Ouverture on Russian themes                N.R. Korsakow                              ,,

       Concerto No. 1 for cello and orch.         D. Shostakovitz                            ,,

       Night on the Bald Mountain                    M. Mussorgsky                             ,,

       Ouverture Egmont                                  L. van Beethoven                         ,,

       Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'                   F. Schubert                                  ,,

       Pianoconcerto a-flat                               E. Grieg                                       ,,

       Symphony No.3 Es-dur                           R. Schumann                                ,, 

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