Voice (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

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

120 credit points (CP)

Between 54 and 58 semester hours, depending on which elective compulsory module is selected

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree in music or an equivalent degree awarded by a university in Germany or abroad. In exceptional cases, proof of a bachelor's degree in music can be accepted as admission requirement.

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Good command of English

Candidates applying for the aptitude test, who have neither a German general qualification for university entrance nor a degree / graduation in a German speaking course of studies have to prove sufficient knowledge of the German language (comparable with level A1-GERR). This can be proven either through submission of appropriate test certificates or through a conversation with the Board of Examiners during the qualifying examination. If necessary, the Board of Examiners advices to take part in study-integrated German classes according to the respective language skills.

Entrance into the program possible both in summer and winter semester
Degree Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.)
Program objective The Master's degree program is an artistic degree program that builds on an initial professional university degree and leads to an additional academic qualification for a future career. It is designed to provide participants with in-depth, specialized musical/artistic and academic insights and skills, which are essential for a career as an opera or concert singer.
Course structure

Study of two compulsory modules and one elective compulsory module in the area of concert, opera or opera and concert.

Practical-artistic Master's examination including documentation

Course contents

The degree program encompasses two compulsory modules:

Artistic training I
voice, répétiteur work, Feldenkrais, coaching of foreign languages

Artistic training II
voice, répétiteur work, coaching of foreign languages

This is supplemented through one of the available elective compulsory modules:

- Concert
Song design, staging techniques (main class), role studies and ensemble concert/opera, new music, Seminar "Style-Taste-Gusto" in the music of the 18th century, Seminar "Bach, Handel and their audience", German baroque song and aria Antiche, early music (exercise)

- Opera
Song arrangement, staging techniques (main class), role studies and ensemble opera/concert, new music, music of the 18th century, role study and ensemble opera and concert

- Opera and concert
Song design, scenic arrangement, role study and ensemble opera/concert, New music, early music (exercise), German baroque song and aria Artiche, Music of the 18th century

(For more information see the annex of the Examination regulations relating to the respective course of studies and the module handbook respectively.)

Master's examination

The practical-artistic Master’s examination takes approx. 60 Minutes (including a break of 10 minutes)

The public concert can be replaced by an opera or oratorio performance, authorized by the examination committee, in which the applicant has to sing a main part, or an evening of songs to be performed in the Rhine-Mine area.

Preparative to the practical-artistic final examination, there has to be created a detailed introduction to the concert program

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

On registering for the qualifying examination for the Master's degree program, a repertoire list is to be submitted from which the candidates themselves will select the first piece for the qualifying exam. The remainder of the pieces will be selected by the examination committee.

Repertoire list: Concert focus

  • Four oratorio arias, including one by J. S.  Bach or G. F. Handel and one aria by J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart
  • Two operatic arias (in the original language)
  • Eight lieder, including one by F. Schubert, one by H. Wolf, and one contemporary lied

Repertoire list: Opera focus

  • Five operatic arias (in the original language; the repertoire should cover at least three different languages)
  • Two oratory arias, one by J.S.  Bach or G.F. Handel
  • Two lieder, one by F. Schubert

Repertoire list: Opera and Concert focus

  • Four operatic arias (in the original language; the repertoire should cover at least three different languages)
  • Two oratory arias, one by J.S. Bach or G.F. Handel
  • Four lieder, including one by F. Schubert, one by H. Wolf, and one contemporary lied.