Orchestral Conducting

Master
MA
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The Master's programme in Orchestral Conducting is aimed at those who have already completed a relevant qualification at undergraduate level, who wish to further develop their skills and aspire to work in a professional context. The course refines students' aural perception as well as their inner musical ear, teaches methods and strategies for rehearsal planning and execution, and imparts detailed knowledge of working with orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

 

General information

The aim of the Master's programme is to deepen and expand upon the academic and artistic training acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme. The Master's programme in Orchestral Conducting qualifies students for the following professional fields:

  • Conductor
  • Opera conductor
  • Ensemble director
  • Repetiteur
  • teaching in the field of orchestra and ensemble conducting

Furthermore, the course qualifies students for professional activities that require the application of artistic and academic knowledge and methods, for example in the field of recording management, cultural management, publishing, source evaluation, musicology, etc. oreover, the degree course should contribute to students' personality formation and the development of social competences. Students should be enabled to perceive and help shape developments in the arts and in society as a whole.

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Master's programme, students should:

  • master their instrument at the highest level and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be able to deal critically with artistic and academic issues
  • be able to perform professionally in an orchestra/ensemble
  • be able to work as a team-player in an artistically constructive way as a member of a chamber music formation or ensemble
  • have acquired in-depth knowledge of various playing techniques
  • have acquired in-depth knowledge of orchestral literature and mastery of the relevant orchestral parts
  • have acquired in-depth knowledge and mastery of the solo and chamber music literature of various periods
  • have in-depth knowledge of stylistics and repertoire
  • have mastered the techniques of acadmic research and writing, and be able to analyse, interpret and write about artistic content in a grounded manner
  • be able to use audiovisual media for self-presentation (competition submissions, demo recordings, internet presentations etc.)
  • have gained insights into the areas of physical and mental health maintenance, self-management and performance optimisation
  • have further developed their individual interests in the sense of lifelong learning beyond their own subject area through targeted consolidation in the context of elective subjects

The four-semester master's programme is modular in structure.  Each module comprises teaching and learning content that has been combined to form thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules, the number of ECTS credits to be achieved for each module, and the type of performance assessment are specified in the curriculum. The module descriptions refer to the corresponding learning outcomes and competencies.

The Master's programme is a face-to-face programme and cannot be offered - not even in part - as a distance learning programme. The courses from the Principal Study, as well as in other One-to-One Tuition, are designed to build upon each other. Prerequisite for enrolment in courses from the Principal Study or One-to-One Tutition is a positive evaluation of the previous semester (from the second semester onwards).

The curriculum provides an overview of the courses to be completed, which are grouped into modules.

The courses are visible online in Curriculum Support:

Link to the curriculum

Admission to a master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for starting the course is also passing an audition. Auditions take place once a year and consist of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, proof of German language skills. All information about the audition can be found under “Information on the admissions process” further down on the page.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for study programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Students of the Master's programme are encouraged to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to subject-specific competences, a study period abroad can also lead to the acquisition and deepening of:

  • Subject-specific foreign language skills
  • General foreign-language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Organisational skills, through independent planning of everyday student life in international administrative and university structures
  • Knowledge about international study systems, as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Intercultural competences

 

Examinations and assessments taken during studies abroad can be approved by the Director of Studies as equivalents to compulsory subjects, elective sujects or free elective subjects required by the Mozarteum University for your degree course. The documents required for the approval procedure are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after their exchange semester.

Details at International Affairs.

Information on the admissions process

Admission to an MA Performance programme requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or other equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for admission to this university course is also the successful completion of an audition. Registration for an audition is completed online and requires candidates to upload documents proving their eligibility for the course, as well as an application video. An invitation to audition will only be issued after the necessary documents have been submitted in full and approved by the admissions office.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Document checks and the evaluation of application videos can take up to 6 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for degree programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

The audition panel will make a selection based on the application videos submitted. The selected applicants will be invited to an on-site audition. This consists of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, a test of German language skills.

The following documents must be uploaded in the online application form:

  • BA certificate or degree certificate of a relevant degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed
  • Confirmation of current enrolment if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted prior to enrolment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the BA degree programme
  • Official confirmation of the principal study, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • If further previous studies have been completed, a full overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of all artistic and pedagogical Master's and diploma studies must also be uploaded.
  • Application video

Format of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form, the video will be entered as a link.
  • If the documents are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.

Please note: If you pass the audition and are offered a university place, the documents must meet the certification requirements by the time of your enrolment at the latest.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link], where you must first create an application account. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder, so please be sure to check there if you think you have not received it. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact studieninfo@moz.ac.at

Please ensure that you can be reached at the email address entered in your profile throughout the entire application process. If there are any changes, please update your profile yourself.

A pre-selection of applicants will be made by the audition panel based on the videos submitted.

The following excerpt from the MA Orchestral Conducting audition programme must be uploaded to a video platform of the applicant's choice:

  • Conducting an ensemble of at least 5 members in a work of the applicant's choice

Applicants are requested to ensure in advance that the musicians capture on video and audio have given their consent for the recordings to be submitted as part of the university application. The Mozarteum University Salzburg accepts no responsibility in cases of dispute. 

The duration of the video should be approx. 8-10min.

Important information about the video upload can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. Applicants are kindly requested to observe the guidelines given here!

The online interview with the audition panel will cover motivation, background and expectations, and the candidate's video submission. Candidates will receive an appointment and a link to a video conference tool in advance, and are advised that a stable internet connection is required at the specified time (probably mid-April), as well as a PC/laptop with a camera and microphone.

The interview will take place via ZOOM and will last approximately 10min.

After passing part A, candidates will be admitted to parts B and C.

Conducting (15-20 minutes):

Conducting an ensemble in rehearsal of:

  • Two demanding symphonic works (e.g. a symphony by Beethoven or Brahms).
  • Applicants will be informed of the works to be prepared when they register for the audition.
    Works for the entrance exam 2024/2025:
    Brahms: 1st Symphony, op. 68, 1st, 2nd and 4th movements
    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, No. 27 (26): Recitative and Aria - Figaro; No. 18 (17) Recitative and Aria - Count; No. 20 (19) Recitative and Aria - Countess

Playing a piano reduction from opera or oratorio repertoire (10-20 minutes):

  • Performance from the piano (playing and singing) of a short opera scene from a German, Italian or French opera (e.g. an accompagnato recitative, an aria or an ensemble from an opera).
  • sight-reading an extract from an opera or oratorio from the piano score
  • Playing the orchestral score (prepared and sight-reading)

All applicants whose first language is not German must prove their German skills by the time of enrolment at the latest.

  • Required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER 2001)
  • Information on the approved language certificates can be found HERE

The dates for 2024 can be found here.

A complete overview of all current audtiion dates can be found here.

  • Online registration for an audition during the application period via the registration portal for applicants
    (PLEASE NOTE: Registration is only possible after submission of all required documents, including video!)
  • Once documents have been approved: invitation to online interview
  • In case of a successful online interview: invitation to on-site audition
  • Participation in the on-site audition in May/June
  • In case of a successful audition: invitation to enrol in the degree programme
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Please note that the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers various support options at the time of your audition and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: claudia.haitzmann@moz.ac.at oder +43 676 88122 337.

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