The Rotterdam Student Orchestra consists of students and young professionals of 17 to 35 years old. We are looking for enthusiastic musicians that would like to join our ambitious orchestra. We invite you to join one of our rehearsals and try it out for yourself. Don’t forget to take your instrument with you! Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 19:30 to 22:00 with conductor Coen Huisman. The RSO has a broad repertoire ranging from Romantic/Classical to modern. Previously the orchestra played Dvořák, Beethoven, Schumann, Sibelius, Wagner, but also scores from movies and musicals.


The RSO is of course not just about music, but also about having a great time together! Every season we have a rehearsal weekend in the Netherlands, and we go on a foreign tour every other year. Our association does not do hazing like other student associations, but we like to have a fun intro day with games, speed dating, food and drinks. In addition, we organize a lot of activities every season, such as open stage, concert visits, drinks, board game evenings, dinners and of course the annual Christmas Gala! After every rehearsal on Tuesday, we visit our favorite pub De Haagse Bluf. In short: RSO is super fun!


The Rotterdam Student Orchestra was founded in 2011 by a group of enthusiastic students from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Even though there was already a big orchestra that welcomed students  (Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra, RJSO), the average age of members was quite young. To change that, the RJSO and the newly founded RSO collaborated with the Erasmus University to officially give birth on the 13th of February 2012 to a wonderful orchestra full of ambitious and passionate members.

Coen Huisman

Since February 2013 Coen Huisman is the conductor of the Rotterdam Student Orchestra. At an early age, Coen started playing piano and various copper instruments. While studying Maths at the University of Leiden, he played in many student orchestras in the region and started to develop an interest in conducting. From 2010 to 2014, Coen studied orchestra conducting at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam with Hans Leenders. Coen finished his study with an impressive performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka.

Board 2022-2023

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Inge Goedhart

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Kim Nieuwland

Contact RJSO
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Daniela A. Urbina Bodrina

PR chief & Secretary
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Jeroen Verhorst




The activities committee organizes various activities for the members. Think of board games, movies, attending concerts and drinks.


The program committee comes up with a feasible and interesting musical program for the next season. In collaboration with the board, they also organize auditions for soloists


The media committee makes all the images that the RSO uses. Think of posters, videos, photos and social media posts, among other things.

Sheet music

The sheet music committee ensures that extra sheet music is printed so that new members and temps (and forgetful members!) can always borrow a copy.


The concert committee arranges the moving and placement of chairs, instruments, stands, stage components and stools. They also make a schedule so that every orchestra member has a turn to help carry stuff around.

Biscuits and drinks

Perhaps the most important: the biscuit and drinks committee is responsible for biscuits, tea and coffee during the break. Without this committee, our rehearsals would be a lot less pleasant!


Every two years, the tour committee organizes a trip abroad to practice and give concerts on location. The next tour is scheduled for 2024!


The Jubilee Committee devises and helps organize events for our anniversaries.