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Bachelor

General Information

DepartmentWinds, Percussion, Conducting, Correpetition
Programme Duration8 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer semester
LanguageGerman
Requirements
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
  • Applicants without German university entry permission must provide evidence of their German language skills through:
    • Language certificate B 2.2 (GER) of the Goethe Institute, ÖSD, telc GmbH or TestDaF – Level 4, DSD II, DSH I or UNIcert II.
      Language certificates must be submitted during enrolment at the latest.
    • Technical German language skills in music will be assessed during the music theory examination.
Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (PDF, 643 KB) - only available in German

Pre-selection

Procedure

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used.

On muvac you can link video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Youku and Dropbox on your profile.

Based on the linked audio/video recordings the pre-selection is made subsequent to the application period.

Please check that the recordings are available and accessable via the links provided (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings
  • One video of a self-directed rehearsal or concert of a maximum length of 15 minutes (ideally two different works are desired)
  • The video should show the applicant in front view
  • One video of the instrumental or vocal recording
Requirements Repertoire
  • Conducting: two different works are desired
  • Interpretation of a self-chosen solo work on the piano or an orchestra instrument or a vocal work

Audition Exam Choir Conducting

Audition Exam Process

The audition exam consists of two rounds. After the first round, the Exam Committee will decide who will proceed to the following round.

General Requirements
  • fundamental knowledge of conducting technique
  • experience with choral work
  • artistic relationship to choral singing and relevant literature as well as musical theater
Audition Programme
First Round
  • Choral conducting (realisation on several pianos)
    Compulsory piece: Anton Bruckner - "Christus factus est" WAB 11 (Edition Peters)
  • Performance of a demanding solo work for piano or orchestral instrument chosen by the candidate (for solo concerts or works accompanied by piano the accompanists must be provided by the candidates themselves).
    AND:
    Performance of a self-selected (a capella or self-accompanied) vocal piece in German (for candidates whose German is not their mother tongue, a vocal piece in their mother tongue is also required).
Audition Programme
Second Round
  • Choral conducting (also as a teaching situation, realisation on several pianos):
    Four compulsory pieces:
    • William Byrd: "Miserere mei, Deus"
    • Wolfgang A. Mozart: from "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" KV 339, No. 3 "Beatus vir" (Bärenreiter)
    • Joseph Haydn: from "The Creation" Hob XXI:2, recitative of Uriel "In vollem Glanze" (Edition Peters, edited by Klaus Burmeister, in German)
    • Hindemith from Twelve Madrigals No. 8 "The Judas Kiss"

(Be prepared to use a tuning fork as well as audition choral parts as needed).

  • Correpetition
    • presentation of a self-selected choral scene (opera or choral symphony) on the piano, with singing of the various choral voices (length approx. 8 minutes)
    • sight-reading of light excerpts from oratorios or choral movements
    • sight-reading (choral parts from choral literature)
  • Score-reading
    • sight-reading an easy choral score (modern clefs)
    • sight-reading of old clefs (2-part with two different old clefs)
  • Core Subject Piano
    • presentation of two self-selected solo works on the piano: one of the works must be a slow movement of a classical sonata or a baroque work in slow tempo.

Audition Exam Compulsories

Compulsory Exam Compositional Technique (written exam)

  • notation in treble and bass clefs
  • knowledge of keys and their accidentals in major and minor
  • knowledge of major and minor scales, including modal keys
  • determination and notation of intervals in designated octaves
  • determination and notation of triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented) and dominant seventh chords, including reversals
  • knowledge of the primary and secondary functions in major and minor
  • spelling of a short cadence (four parts) according to the functional and level symbols
  • analysis of two short excerpts from different musical epochs

Compulsory Exam Ear Training (written)

  • melody dictation (Baroque and/or classical melodies)
  • rhythmic dictation (binary and ternary rhythms with slurs and/or syncopation)
  • determination of major and minor scales as well as modal scales
  • determination and notation of intervals of designated octaves
  • determination of triads and dominant seventh chords with inversions (ascending and descending)
  • aural analysis of two short music examples from different musical epochs
Discussion of Suitability

Small colloquium on general music questions in German language with the following issues:

  • foundation of music history from Bach to present (problematic nature of era categories: baroque/classical/romantic/modern/postmodern)
  • development of orchestral genres
  • development of opera
  • development of choir singing
Transfer Applicants
  • Applicants for undergraduate studies who have already studied at a RKM-recognized German music school and are applying to transfer to HFM are exempt from taking the exams in piano, composition, and ear training if they are able to provide a matriculation certificate/certificate of enrolment.

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
  • For summer semester: 15 November
Application Fee60,- €
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/February
Application
Master

General Information

DepartmentWinds, Percussion, Conducting, Correpetition
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer semester
LanguageGerman

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Music with 240 credits or equivalent in the same subject as the Masters programme
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (PDF, 679 KB) - only available in German

Pre-selection

Procedure

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used.

On muvac you can link video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Youku and Dropbox on your profile.

Based on the linked audio/video recordings the pre-selection is made subsequent to the application period.

Please check that the recordings are available and accessable via the links provided (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings
  • One video of a self-directed rehearsal or concert of a maximum length of 15 minutes (ideally two different works are desired)
  • The video should show the applicant in front view
Requirements Repertoire
  • Conducting: two different works are desired

Audition Exam

Audition Exam Process

The audition exam consists of two rounds. After the first round, the Exam Committee will decide who
will proceed to the following round.

Audition Programme
First Round

Choral conducting (also as a teaching situation, realisation on several pianos, 30 to 60 minutes):

Five compulsory pieces:

  • Hindemith from Twelve Madrigals No. 8 "The Kiss of Judas
  • Wolfgang A. Mozart: from "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" KV 339, No. 3 "Beatus vir" (Bärenreiter) 
  • Joseph Haydn: from "The Creation" Hob XXI:2, recitative of Uriel "In vollem Glanze" (Edition Peters, edited by Klaus Burmeister, in German)
  • Johannes Brahms: from "Ein Deutsches Requiem" op. 45, No. 6 "Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt" (Edition Peters or Breitkopf)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: from "Elijah" op. 70, No. 34 "Der Herr ging vorüber" (Carus, in German).

(Be prepared to use a tuning fork as well as audition choral parts as needed).

Audition Programme
Second Round

Conducting a choir rehearsal (approx. 45 minutes); also as a teaching situation.

The works will be announced at least four weeks before the examination date.

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
  • For summer semester: 15 November
Application Fee60,- €
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/February
Application