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The organ class at the Versailles National Regional Conservatory of Music (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional)

Our Degree Programs

The Diplôme d'Etudes Musicales (DEM): Diploma of Musical Studies
The D.EM. is a specific Diploma for students who prepare a professional career. This diploma was called « Prix » in the passed years in France. The duration is 2 years.
Application during summer, Admission « Competition » on September 2019 :

Program of the Entrance Examination in DEM (also named COP) :

1/ One work by J.S. BACH among the list below :
First or Last movement of a Trio Sonata at the choice of the applicant
Fugue in G minor BWV 562/2
Prelude in Eflat Major BWV 552/1
Fugue in Eflat Major BWV 552/2
Prelude and fugue in G Minor BWV 546.
Prelude and fugue in A Minor BWV 543
Prelude and fugue in G Major BWV 542
Prelude in B Minor BWV 544
Toccata in D Minor BWV 538
Toccata in C Major BWV 564

2/ One work composed after 1750 and at the choice of the applicant.

3/ A First Reading test. Organ score given 5 minutes in advance.

The Artist's Diploma (Prix de Perfectionnement)
Application from June to September 2019. Admission « Competition » on September 2019 in Notre-Dame-des-Armées.

Entrance program: Free program, maximum duration 25 minutes.

Duration of studies: 1 or 2 years.
The student doesn't necessarily have to speak French and there is only Organ performances lessons each week (1hour) and some Chamber music lessons during the year.
The student who obtain this diploma is invited by the Friends of the organ of Versailles to give a recital at the great historical organ in the Saint-Louis Cathedral at the Festival Molière. He also receives the Price of Friends of the organ of Versailles and its region.

Licence (Bachelor) of "Music and Heritage Interpretation"
1/ One imposed work
2/ One work by Johann Sebastian BACH at the choice of the applicant and between 10 - 15 minutes (Prelude & fugue, Trio Sonata, ...).
3/ One work at the choice of the applicant and no longer than 15 minutes.
4/ a Basso-Continuo and first reading test

The Bachelor is in partnership with the University of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Paris Saclay. The langage is French for the studies.

Admission is based on a competitive entrance examination (Baccalauréat and Diploma of Musical Studies [DEM] or equivalent diploma are obligatory).
Enrolment in the Licence programme
French and European candidates at
Foreign candidates (outside the EU) and French residents: on the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines website
Non-French residents: on Campus France

Master's: 'Music, Performance and Heritage'
Admission is based on a competitive entrance examination.
Musical level: Performer's licence, DNSPM, Bachelor's or equivalent. Students holders of a licence or an equivalent foreign university degree.
Admission conditions:
Admission involves two steps
Eligibility: examination of the candidate's application
Admission: musical test before a jury, presentation of a one-hour program including solo parts and chamber works of varied styles.
Inscriptions in Master:
Applications must be filed directly online on the University of Paris-Saclay website:
For non-EU foreign students, this must be completed on Campus France:
Entrance competition : please contact the Conservatoire de Versailles

The Instruments for lessons and practice time

The Chapel of Notre-Dame-des-Armées neoclassical aesthetic organ built in 1982 by Renaud, III/P/34 *
The Royal Chapel of Versailles ** : French classical organ by Jean-Loup Boisseau and Bertrand Cattiaux, IV / P / 37
the Cathedral Saint-Louis in Versailles

The Conservatory has three practice organs:
Organ Gonzales II / P / 5
Shwenkedel organ II / P / 1
Etienne Organ Fouss I / P / 2

Outstanding events

Each year a Master class by a great master of the organ complements the training of students: Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, Ton Koopman and Vincent Warnier are among the invited organists.
Each year students are invited to produce class concert at the Versailles festival and in St. Louis Cathedral. Exceptional concerts in Paris or in the neighbors areas are held occasionally (Royaumont, Amilly, ...).

Small plus

Each Laureate of a D.E.M. degree or higher (Artist?s Diploma, Bachelor or Master) is invited by the Friends of the organ of Versailles to give a recital at the great historical organ in the Saint-Louis Cathedral at the Month Festival Molière. It also receives the Price of Friends of the organ of Versailles and its region.

Pupils from the 3rd cycle enjoy during Continuo and deciphering more of the teachings of musical culture (analysis, writing, music history), chamber music and improvisation sessions.


The excellence of teaching formed many professional organists (liturgical, concert artists, teachers).
Since 2009 the organ class of Jean-Baptiste Robin has many students who were awarded of specialized cycle (DEM, Artist Diploma or higher). Among them: Christopher Houlihan (USA), Heather Kirkconnell (USA), Matthieu Jolivet, Pierre Offret, Anne-Isabelle de Parcevaux, Quentin du Verdier and Arthur Nicolas-Nauche


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Disposition of instruments

* The Organ at Notre-Dame-des-Armées Chapel
Organ neoclassical aesthetic Renaud built in 1982, III / P / 34.
The chapel is located behind the City Hall, in the center of Versailles.

Grand-Orgue (I) : Bourdon 16', Montre 8', Bourdon 8', Prestant, Doublette, Quinte, Sifflet, Plein Jeu, Trompette, Clairon
Positif (II) : Bourdon 8', Prestant, Nazard, Doublette, Tierce, Plein jeu, Cromorne
Récit (III) : Bourdon 8', Principal 8', Unda Maris, Principal 4', Flûte 2', Cornet, Plein Jeu, Hautbois, Voix Humaine, Trompette
Pédale : Soubasse, Bourdon 8, Flûte 8, Octave 4', Bombarde 16', Trompette 8', Clairon 4'
Couplers III / I, II / I, III / II, Pedal couplers : I, II, III

** Organ at the Royal Chapel of Versailles Organ French classic by Jean-Loup Boisseau and Bertrand Cattiaux, IV / P / 37

1st manual POSITIVE (11 stops)
50 notes (C1 to D5 without first C #)
Montre 8 - Bourdon 8 - Prestant 4 - Flûte 4 - Nazard 2 2/3 - Doublette 2 - Tierce 1 3/5 - Larigot 1 1/3 - Plein-jeu VI - Trompette 8 - Cromorne 8
2nd manual GRAND ORGAN (16 stops)
50 notes (C1 to D5 without first C #)
Bourdon 16 - Montre 8 - Bourdon 8 - Dessus de Flûte (Ut3) - Prestant - Grande Tierce 3 1/5 - Nazard 2 2/3 - Doublette 2 - Quarte 2 - Tierce 1 3/5 - Fourniture IV - Cymbale IV - Grand Cornet V (ut3) - Trompette 8 - Clairon 4 - Voix Humaine 8
third manual Récit (3 stops)
32 notes (G2 to D5)
Cornet V - Trompette 8 - Hautbois 8
4th manual ECHO (3 stops)
32 notes (G2 to D5)
Bourdon 8 / Prestant 4 (on the same register) - Cornet III - Voix Humaine 8
PEDAL (4 stops)
30 notes (A0-C1-D1 to F3)
Flute 8 - 4 Flute - Trumpet 8 - Clarion 4
Tremblant doux, tremblant fort (à vent perdu), accouplements à tiroir : I/II and II/III, Pedal coupler to G.O.

***Positive Organ

Etienne Fouss, 2014 :
1 manual, Pedalboard, Flute 8 and Montre 8.

****Study Organs

Shwenkedel organ (1970's)
2 manuals, Pedalboard, Flute 8 à cheminée

Gonzales organ
2 manuals, Pedalboard, Bourdon 8, Flûte à cheminée, Prestant 4, Doublette et Plein Jeu