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VU Choirs and Orchestras

VU Amsterdam has four music groups: VU Orchestra, VU Choir, VU Chamber Orchestra and VU Chamber Choir.

VU Orchestra
The VU Orchestra is a symphony orchestra with approximately 90 musicians. Every year, the orchestra gives various performances in the Netherlands and abroad. View the website for more information.

VU Choir
The VU Choir is an enthusiastic student choir that has 55 members. They sing large and smaller or lesser-known choral music from different traditions. Visit their website for more information.
Send an email to and receive detailed information about the open rehearsals in August.

VU Chamber Orchestra
The VU Chamber Orchestra has around 35 musicians. It performs both modern repertoire and classical works for chamber orchestras. The VU Chamber Orchestra regularly works with talented young soloists. You can find more information on their website.

VU Chamber Choir
More than 30 ambitious choral singers make up the VU Chamber Choir. There is room for both old and brand-new music, both accompanied and a cappella. Visit the website for more information.

Staff concert in the VU Aula

To kick off the year musically, the VU Orchestra and the VU Choir in collaboration with the Griffioen have organised a fantastic concert on Thursday 19 September 2024 from 7.30pm in the Aula of the VU Main Building. For €5 you can attend this staff concert and it is possible to bring a maximum of three guests. From 18.00, a meal will be served in the foyer, which is included in the price. You can order tickets here.

The VU Orchestra will open the evening with two special works. The VU Orchestra is the university's student orchestra with about 80 members. Every Wednesday evening we rehearse in the NU building in the Griffioenzaal, led by our fantastic conductor Arjan Tien. He is unfortunately unable to attend on 19 September so we will play under the baton of the inspired conductor Jurjen Hempel. To conclude the beautiful evening, the VU Choir will sing passionate works by Mendelssohn, perfectly capturing the essence of summer. The VU Choir is a large and versatile Amsterdam student and youth choir, conducted by Dody Soetanto.

One of the pieces that will be played was composed by Rudi Stephan and it is called 'Musik für Geige und Orchester', which simply means 'music for violin and orchestra'. It is a brilliant late-Romantic composition in which the entire orchestra enters into dialogue with the soloist. The soloist is none other than Lucien Renette, who was also the concertmaster of the VU Orchestra until summer 2024. We will therefore play with him for the last time on this special festive evening.

In addition, Tchaikovsky's well-known romantic work Romeo and Juliet will be played. You will be swept away in emotions of fear, rivalry, belligerence, but most of all a lot of love in the rendition of this well-known love story.

In addition, the VU Choir will sing beautiful vocal works by Felix Mendelssohn (Op.41 and Op.59) and with a finale, Mendelssohn's beautiful piece - Verleih uns Frieden. Be seduced by the enchanting sounds of our four-part harmony.

As far as we are concerned, no better start to the new academic year and we hope to see you there!


As a VU employee, you can attend concerts by the VU music groups for free: in fact, 25 seats have been made available for each regular concert, funded by the Executive Board. Three weekends in March, you can attend performances by the VU Chamber Orchestra, the VU Choir and the VU Chamber Choir. For each concert, you can order a maximum of two tickets per person.

No concerts are currently scheduled.