World Projects Faculty Member

Bert Aalders

Bert Aalders is an internationally active conductor, artistic advisor, and adjudicator from The Netherlands. He is currently senior advisor for Rijnbrink / Muisdesk ( and Education Coordinator / CEO of the De Leimers Kunstwerk (Arts Centre) (

As an educator, he has served on the faculty of the Conservatorium Arnhem and the Conservatorium Zwolle (horn, trumpet, and conducting – choir, wind band, and symphony orchestra), as Charmain of the Board of the Theatre and Music School Het Musiater Zevenaar(The Netherlands), as well as contributing to music education management for Singapore schools.

A conductor with more than 30 years’ experience, Mr. Aalders has worked with community, university, and professional wind bands throughout The Netherlands and served as an executive with the Dutch Conductors’ Association. International engagements have included wind bands with the Beijing Children’s Palace and universities in Guangzhou and Shanghai in China; Northrhine Westfalia in Germany; the Liszt Academy (Budapest), University of Szeged, the University of Debrecen in Hungary; as well as engagements in the Czech Republic (Prague), Switzerland (Interlaken and Bern), Sweden (Gothenburg), and throughout the United States.

Mr. Aalders has served as Artistic Advisor, Adjudicator, and Guest Conductor at prestigious international music events including the Jungfrau Music Festival (Interlaken, Switzerland), Korea International Band Festival (Seoul, South Korea), Singapore International Band Festival (Singapore), and the World Music Contest (Kerkrade, The Netherlands),

Mr. Aalders has served as President twice for the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles (WASBE) from 2005-2007 and 2012-2015 hosting successful international conferences in Killarney, Ireland and San Jose, California and helped bring WASBE to Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2017. He has been associated with WASBE since 1993 serving on the Exchange Committee and appointed to the WASBE board in 1997. Currently, he serves on the WASBE Past President Advisory Council and is one of only 11 Honorary Life Members for his contributions to WASBE over the years.

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