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JOS LAUS

Musician, Musicologist I.T.R.

Director of Music

Choirmaster and Organist at St. James Church in The Hague.
Teacher and accompagnist at the Royal Academy of Music at The Hague.
Choirmaster of the Capella Sti. Jacobi.

Consultant for examining and restoring historic pipe-organs.

Consultant for design, development and new building pipe-organs.
Consultant on behalf of The National Department ( historical monuments).
Member of  the Netherlands College of Organ consultants CvON 

Jos Laus ( 1953 ), born in The Hague, completed his studies (piano with Gerard Hengeveld, organ with Johann Th. Lemckert and conducting with Frans Moonen) at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. During his studies he was appointed Director of Churchmusic ( Choirmaster and Organist ) at St. Boniface church in Rijswijk, near The Hague. As a solo organist and conductor he was invited several times bij the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation to perform on radio and television. Under his leadership the Schola Cantorum of the church twice scored first prices in the category Gregorian Chant  at the International Choir Festival in Arnhem (1991/1995). Since 2004 Jos Laus is Director of Music (Choirmaster and Organist ) at St. James church in The Hague. Beside recitals in the Netherlands, Laus has been a frequent performer abroad, among others Belgium, France, Germany Switserland and Indonesia.

Since 1980 he has been a member of the board of the Roman Catholic Bells and Organ Council in the Netherlands and since 1988 a consultant and examiner for the preservation of historic organs.

By his hand are various publications dealing with technical and historical aspects of organ building. Scholastic research into the oeuvre of 19th century organ builders Maarschalkerweerd an Son resulted in a massive manuscript, published as a book by Canaletto in 2008.

At the request of the Indonesian Catholic Church he was charged  in 1989 with making an inventory and to submit recommendations on the pipe-organs of Java, among others in Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya.

In 1997 and 2000, he was sent to Suriname (Paramaribo, Peter & Paul Cathedral ) to examine and supervise the restoration of the Maarschalkerweerd (1889) cathedral organ of Paramaribo's.  

In 2009 he celebrated his jubilee as Director of Music at St. James church, on occasion of wich he received the insigne of the Order of St. Gregorius. 

Beside his current tasks at St. James, he is a teacher at the Royal Conservatory and choirmaster of the Capella Sti. Jacobi at The Hague.