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Bachelor

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
LanguageGerman
Possible ConcentrationsOpera/musical theater, concert/lied
Programme Duration8 semesters
Possible StartWinter semester
Requirements
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
  • International applicants without German university entry permission must provide evidence of their German language skills through:
    1. Sprachzertifikat 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.
    2. Technical German language skills in music will be assessed during the music theory examination.
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Pre-selection

For the study programme Voice there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on audiovisual recordings subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used. Video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo and Youku can be linked and played on muvac. Please use one of these services to upload your recordings and provide the appropriate links in your application.

Please mind the requirements and specifications for the recordings.

Please check if the recordings are available and accessable via your stated links (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings

  • A total of three video recordings, uncut and recorded in one take, including two titles from the audition programme and the monologue in prose.
  • The total length of the two titles must not exceed 10 minutes, the monologue in prose must not be longer than 2 minutes.
  • For all recordings the performance must be by heart (except for oratoria aria).
  • The recordings must not be cut or otherwise edited.
  • The recordings may be made and submitted with either live or playback accompaniment or a cappella. Whether or how it is accompanied is not included in the Commission's assessment.
  • The applicants need to be fully seen in the recording. The recordings should be in a quality that allows the observation of facial expressions, gestures and mouth/jaw. 
  • In Da Capo Arias the repetition of  part A should be dispensed with.
  • In case that ornaments are intended for the repetition, part B plus part A may be submitted with ornaments.
  • In arias preludes and postludes may be shortened.

Requirements Repertoire

  • One aria and one lied from the audition programme (two arias and two lieds of differing styles, characters, language type and epochs)
    • at least one work must be in German
    • Arias from oratorios may be sung by notes
    • Arie antiche are considered to be arias. The Composizione da Camera by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are considered as lieds.
    • For applicants who are 22 years and older by 01 July 2020, one of the two titles must be a work of Bach, Händel or Mozart.
  • A recitation by heart in German.

The recitation should demonstrate the applicant’s interpretive imagination and stage personality. The applicant must choose EITHER a monologue in prose or verse from a play OR a text of prose from another genre (novel, short story, report, speech, etc.).

Text types not permitted:

  • Poems
  • Texts with religious contents
  • Texts from musical drama works (operas, operettas, light operas, musicals)
  • Verse novels (for example, Eugen Onegin from Alexander Pushkin, The Golden Gate from Vikram Seth)
  • Texts in poetic/verse form from plays (for example „Meine Ruh' ist hin“ or „Ach neige Du schmerzensreiche“ from Goethe's Faust)

Audition Exam Voice

Audition Exam ProcessThe audition exam consists of a preliminary selection and the audition exam.
Audition Programme

For the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.

  • two memorised arias and two memorised lieds of differing styles, characters, language type and epochs
    • Arie antiche are considered to be arias. The compositions of Camera von Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are considered as lieds.
    • at least one selection must be in German
    • for applicants 22 and older:
      one aria must be a work of Bach, Händel or Mozart
  • a recitation to display artistic portrayal ability by heart in German language.
    The recitation should demonstrate the applicant’s interpretive imagination and stage personality. The applicant must choose EITHER a monologue in prose or verse from a play OR a text of prose from another genre (novel, short story, report, speech, etc.).
    The recitation should last between approximately 1.5 and 4 minutes.
    Text types not permitted:
    • Poems
    • Texts with religious contents
    • Texts from musical drama works (operas, operettas, light operas, musicals)
    • Verse novels (for example, Eugen Onegin from Alexander Pushkin, The Golden Gate from Vikram Seth)
    • Texts in poetic/verse form from plays (for example „Meine Ruh' ist hin“ or „Ache neige Du schmerzensreiche“ from Goethe's Faust)

We request that you do not bring props.

Advisory Preliminary Selection
  • The preliminary auditions will take place on either a single or multiple days depending on applicant count.
  • Candidates will select one work from their submitted audition programme to perform at their given audition time. The Exam Committee will then decide wether the candidate will perform another work and which work they will perform from the submitted audition programme.
  • The Exam Committe is entitled to interrupt or discontinue the audition.
  • Vocal technqiues may also be tested.
  • The Exam Committee reserves the right to further screen the artistic, musical, and linguistic skills of the applicant.
  • Upon request, applicants may discuss recommendations for further artistic work in order to prepare for the audition exam.
Audition Exam
  • Generally applicants will be asked to sing two works from their submitted audition programme as decided upon by the Exam Committee.
  • The Exam Committee is entitled to interrupt or discontinue the audition.
  • A recitation is required (please see requirements above).
  • The Exam Committee reserves the right to further screen the artistic, musical, and linguistic skills of the applicants.

Audition Exams Piano, Compositional Technique, Ear Training

Compulsory Exam Piano
  • two pieces of different styles (level of difficulty e.g. classical sonatina movement, Bach Invention)
  • accompaniment of a Lied or aria

Compulsory Exam Compositional Technique (written exam)

Example (PDF, 236 KB)

  • 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)

Example (PDF, 101 KB)

  • 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
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
Application Fee60,- € more
Master

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
LanguageGerman
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter semester
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Music with 240 credits or equivalent in the same subject as the Masters programm
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam

Audition Exam

  • For winter semester: February

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Pre-selection

For the study programme Voice there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on audiovisual recordings subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used. Video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo and Youku can be linked and played on muvac. Please use one of these services to upload your recordings and provide the appropriate links in your application.

Please mind the requirements and specifications for the recordings.

Please check if the recordings are available and accessable via your stated links (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings

  • A total of five video recordings, uncut and recorded in one take, including four titles from the audition programme and the monologue in prose.
  • The music titles must be 2 arias and 2 songs.
  • The total length of the 4 titles must not exceed 15 minutes, the monologue in prose must not be longer than 2 minutes.
  • For all recordings the performance must be by heart (except for oratoria arias).
  • The recordings must not be cut or otherwise edited.
  • The recordings may be made and submitted with either live or playback accompaniment. How it is accompanied is not included in the Commission's assessment.
  • The applicants need to be fully seen in the recording. The recordings should be in a quality that allows the observation of facial expressions, gestures and mouth/jaw.
  • In Da Capo Arias the repetition of part A should be dispensed with. In case that ornaments are intended for the repetition, part B plus part A may be submitted with ornaments.
  • In arias preludes and postludes may be shortened.

Requirements Repertoire

  • Two arias and two lieds of differing styles, characters, language type and epochs from the audition programme (four arias, of which at least one aria with recitative, and four lieds of differing styles, characters, language type and epochs
    • at least two works must be in German
    • arias from oratorios may be sung by notes
    • Arie Antiche are considered to be arias. The Composizione da Camera by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are considered as lieds.                    
    • For applicants who are 22 years and older by 01 July 2020, one of the four titles must be a work of Bach, Händel or Mozart.)
  • A recitation by heart in German.

The recitation should demonstrate the applicant’s interpretive imagination and stage personality. The applicant must choose EITHER a  monologue in prose or verse from a play OR a text of prose from another  genre (novel, short story, report, speech, etc.). The recitation should last around approximately 1.5 minutes and must not exceed 4 minutes.

Text types not permitted:

  • Poems
  • Texts with religious contents
  • Texts from musical drama works (operas, operettas, light operas, musicals)
  • Verse novels (for example, Eugen Onegin from Alexander Pushkin, The Golden Gate from Vikram Seth)
  • Texts in poetic/verse form from plays (for example „Meine Ruh' ist hin“ or „Ach neige Du schmerzensreiche“ from Goethe's Faust)

Audition Exam

Audition Programme

For the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.

  • performance by heart of four arias and four Lieder of different styles, characters, languages and eras.
    • at least two titles must be in German
    • oratorio arias may be performed with notes
    • Arie antiche are considered to be arias. The compositions of Camera von Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are considered as lieds.
    • for applicants over 22 years: one aria must be a work of Bach, Handel or Mozart
  • a recitation to display artistic portrayal ability by heart in German language
    The recitation should demonstrate the applicant’s interpretive imagination and stage personality.
    The applicant must choose EITHER a monologue in prose or verse from a play OR a text of prose from another genre (novel, short story, report, speech, etc.).
    The recitation should last between approximately 1.5 and 4 minutes.
    Text types not permitted:
    • poems
    • texts with religious contents
    • texts from musical drama works (operas, operettas, light operas, musicals)
    • verse novels (for example, Eugen Onegin from Alexander Pushkin, The Golden Gate from Vikram Seth)
    • texts in poetic/verse form from plays (for example „Meine Ruh' ist hin“ or „Ach neige Du schmerzensreiche“ from Goethe's Faust).

We request that you do not bring props.

Advisory Pre-Selection
  • The preliminary auditions will take place on either a single or multiple days depending on applicant count.
  • Candidates will select one work from their submitted audition programme to perform at their given audition time.
  • The Exam Committee will then decide wether the candidate will perform another work and which work they will perform from the submitted audition programme.
  • The Exam Committe is entitled to interrupt or discontinue the audition.
  • Vocal technqiues may also be tested.
  • The Exam Committee reserves the right to further screen the artistic, musical, and linguistic skills of the applicant.
  • Upon request, applicants may discuss recommendations for further artistic work in order to prepare for the audition exam.
Audition Exam
  • Generally applicants will be asked to sing two works from their submitted audition programme as decided upon by the Exam Committee.
  • The Exam Committee is entitled to interrupt or discontinue the audition.
  • A recitation is required (please see requirements above).
  • The Exam Committee reserves the right to further screen the artistic, musical, and linguistic skills of the applicants. li>

Application

Application Deadline

For winter semester: 31 December

Application Fee60,- € more
Konzertexamen

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
Programme Duration4 semesters
Possible StartWinter and summer semester

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Music or equivalent in the same subject as the Konzertexamen programme with a final grade of at least 1,3
  • Advanced musical ability in the programme subject which must be demonstrated in the audition exam
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/February

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Pre-selection

For the study programme Voice there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on audiovisual recordings subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

The applicants shall submit the prepared examination programme consisting of 5 arias and 10 songs in writing with the application.  The commission will then select four titles from different epochs, languages and styles. Subsequently, the applicants are asked to provide the Commission with videos of the four selected pieces within a specified period.

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used. Video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo and Youku can be linked and played on muvac. Please use one of these services to upload your recordings and provide the appropriate links in your application.

Please mind the requirements and specifications for the recordings.

Please check if the recordings are available and accessable via your stated links (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings

  • For all recordings, the performance must be by heart (except for oratorio arias).
  • The recordings may not be cut or otherwise edited.
  • The four video recordings requested by the Commission must be recorded with live accompaniment.
  • The applicants need to be fully seen in the recording. The recordings should be in a quality that allows the observation of facial expressions, gestures and mouth/jaw.
  • In Da Capo Arias the repetition of part A should be dispensed with. In case that ornaments are intended for the repetition, part B plus part A may be submitted with ornaments.
  • In arias preludes and postludes may be shortened.

Requirements Repertoire

  •  Five arias, including at least one aria with recitative,
  • Ten songs from at least three eras, three languages and different styles,
  • at least two of the pieces must be in German,                     
  • Arie Antiche are considered to be arias. The  Composizione da Camera by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are considered as lieds.
  • For applicants who are 22 years and older by 01 July 2020, one of the four titles must be a work of Bach, Händel or Mozart.

Audition Exam

Audition ProgrammeFor the audition exam, applicants must submit a programme with their application, which they are then to prepare. Applicants choose their own works based on the guidelines provided.
  •   five arias
    • at least one aria with recitative
  •   ten Lieder from at least three eras, in three languages and of different styles

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
  • For summer semester: 15 November
Application Fee60,- € more
Junior Scholars

General Information

DepartmentVoice, (Music Theatre) Direction
LanguageGerman
Programme Duration

Participation in Junior Scholars ends at the age of 18, unless he or she has not completed their schooling. If this is the case, participation will end in the semester that he or she completes schooling.

Possible StartWinter and summer semester
Admission requirements
  • Advanced musical ability and skill
  • No older than 18 years old
  • Proof of school enrolment
Audition Exam
  • For winter semester: May/June
  • For summer semester: January/February

Exact dates for the upcoming Examination Week can be found here.

Participation is only possible after successful completion of an application and the resulting invitation.

Admission RegulationsAdmission Regulations (only available in German) can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Pre-selection

For the study programme Voice there will be a pre-selection. The pre-selection is based on audiovisual recordings subsequent to the application period. Applicants are informed about the results in writing via the application portal.

Procedure

For the pre-selection the platform muvac is used. Video and audio recordings from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo and Youku can be linked and played on muvac. Please use one of these services to upload your recordings and provide the appropriate links in your application.

Please mind the requirements and specifications for the recordings.

Please check if the recordings are available and accessable via your stated links (without password/no login function).

Requirements Recordings

  • The recordings must not be cut or otherwise edited.
  • The applicants need to be fully seen in the recording. The recordings should be in a quality that allows the observation of facial expressions, gestures and mouth/jaw. 

Requirements Repertoire

  • 2 titles of free choice

Audition Exam

Audition Programme

The audition exam is composed of two parts:

  • two works from at least two stylistic epochs
  • examination of vocal technique

The works are to be selected by the applicant and should be age and skill-appropriate.

Voice applicants must submit a phoniatric report from a doctor. A phoniatric report is a certificate issued by a doctor (for example, an ENT specialist) that states the applicant's voice meets the appropriate physiological conditions for intensive voice lessons.

Application

Application Deadline
  • For winter semester: 15 April
Application Fee60,- € more