Concert Exam (instrumental)

1. Overview of the degree program

Please note that this degree program is generally only available for those subjects in which the School of Music has full-time teaching staff.

Standard period of study 4 semesters (2 years)
Overall scope

120 credit points

12 semester hours

Admission requirements

1. Completed artistic degree program (grade of at least "very good", or 1.5 on German grading scale) in the selected subject in a diploma degree program or in an at least two-year Master's degree program or a comparable degree program at a university, college of music, or an equivalent university in Germany or abroad

2) Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Degree Concert Exam
Program objective The postgraduate Concert Exam course is intended to help students to extend and perfect the technical and artistic skills acquired during their course of studies to concert performance level.
Course structure

1. interim examination at end of 2nd semester

2. interim examination during 4th semester

4. interim examination at end of 4th semester

Course contents The degree program is focused on instruction in the major subject and chamber music or instruction in the major subject and stylistics (when organ is selected as the major subject).
Examination Three interim examinations (see above), including one public concert.

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Requirements for the subject Organ with specialization in Organ score-reading and sight-playing or Organ improvisation

On registering for the qualifying examination for the postgraduate Concert Exam course in the subject of Organ with specialization in Organ score-reading and sight-playing, two repertoire lists must be submitted. The first repertoire list should cover all works that the candidate has studied. The second repertoire list should include 20 organ works from multiple stylistic periods, including three works for organ alone and 12 choral organ works by J.S.  Bach.

The examination committee will select works from this repertoire list totaling approx. 20 minutes of playing time. On registering for the qualifying examination for the postgraduate Concert Exam course in the subject of Organ with specialization in Organ improvisation, a list of studied forms and styles must be submitted. One week prior to the qualifying examination, the examination committee will select a form that must be performed as improvisation at the qualifying exam.

The following works totaling 20 to 30 minutes of playing time are also to be performed at the qualifying examination:

a) A brief, technically challenging piece from sheet music

b) Improvisation in a historical style or own musical idiom on a provided subject. Preparation time: 1 hour

Requirements for the instrumental subjects

On registering for the qualifying examination for the postgraduate Concert Exam course, a repertoire list must be submitted covering all representative works studied by the applicant. The qualifying examination requires the performance of challenging entire works with a total playing time of at least 60 minutes. In selecting these works, the applicant should take into account stylistic diversity. The examination committee will select a recital program from the prepared works totaling 30 minutes.