Dutch conductor Joop Boerstoel studied at the conservatories of Enschede (NL) (wind band conducting and clarinet) and Maastricht (NL) (orchestral conducting). Since 1995 Joop has also been active internationally as a guest conductor and workshop teacher. At de Haske/Hal Leonard publishing he was one of the editors of the series ‘Look, Listen and Learn’. Also as editor Joop was involved in the realization of the book ‘The Tao of conducting’ (Dutch/German) and ‘The Sound Mirror (English) (release dec. 2023) written by his teacher and mentor Jan Stulen.
Since 1998 Boerstoel is account manager/musical advisor at Musidesk Rijnbrink in Deventer and from 2012 also involved at the RIC (Repertoire Information Center). From July 2015 until July 2023, Joop was a board member of WASBE. Besides guest conducting, Boerstoel is permanent conductor of ‘Symphonic Wind Band Gaanderen’ (NL) and ‘La Sinfonia Contea’ (symphony orchestra).
Heleen Huijnen studied chemical engineering and has been working for 25 years as a project leader for publishing companies and others. For a number of years she has been working at Musidesk as a project leader and has led the "e-Musidesk" project there, which allows digital sheet music rental. She plays as an amateur bassoon in various orchestras, both wind orchestras and symphony orchestras. Besides "how do I pick the best repertoire for my orchestra?" she is also interested in group dynamics within orchestras. Therefore, she fulfills various organizational roles at these orchestras and, of course, serves on the repertoire committee.
Repertoire in the Pocket
In Europe, many musicians make music all their lives in amateur orchestras of lending levels. The repertoire is not chosen by the conductor alone, but often together with a repertoire committee. With our presentation we want to inspire professionals and amateur musicians to make good repertoire choices together. This increases the musical playing pleasure of the entire band.
There is a lot of information available in articles and on the Internet, but this is very scattered. So how do you start as a beginning member of a repertoire committee? Or how do you, as a conductor, help your committee members gain the necessary skills?With our presentation "Repertoire in the Pocket" we give direction to this. Without imposing on musicians which musical works to choose, we indicate how to develop their skills for repertoire selection. We cover all aspects related to repertoire selection, such as: acquiring skills of listening to music and increasing repertoire knowledge, understanding suitability of a work for one's own orchestra, from artistic vision to concert plan, and informing musicians and audiences.
All this also comes together in a booklet. This consists of brief theory and tips along with note sheets to encourage musicians to apply in practice.