Choir and Orchestral Conducting (M.Mus.)

1. Overview of the degree program

The following information is to be considered preliminary until final approval is received from the relevant Ministry.

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

120 credit points

52.4 semester hours in the compulsory modules,

8 semester hours in the elective compulsory module

Admission requirements

University entrance qualification as per Art. 65 Sec. 1 of the University Act (HochSchG): General higher education entrance qualification or a discipline-specific admission qualification

A Bachelor's degree (for details see examination regulations)

Applicants should be less than 30 years of age

Successful completion of a qualifying examination

Proficiency in English

Entrance into the program only possible in the winter semester
Degree Master of Music (M. Mus.)
Program objective

The consecutive 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.

Graduates of the Master's degree program with the major subject Choir conducting will leave the program capable of competently conducting ambitious and talented choirs as well as various vocal and instrumental ensembles. They will be familiar with key choral works in the fields of church and secular music and have a representative repertoire at their disposal.

Graduates of the Master's degree program with the major subject Orchestral Conducting will leave the program capable of competently conducting ambitious and talented orchestras as well as various vocal and instrumental ensembles. They will be familiar with key orchestral works in the fields of church and secular music and have a representative repertoire at their disposal.

Course structure and contents

The course of studies encompasses

7 compulsory modules:

  • Major subject I, II
  • Artistic practice I, II
  • Musical practice I, II
  • Management and communication

and 1 elective compulsory module from the Interdisciplinary studies / Context study field:

  • History of theater and opera
  • Style and influence of 18th century music
  • New music
  • Protestant theology
  • Catholic theology
  • Educational methodology and diversity

Each module concludes with an examination.

(For more information see the module handbook)

Master's examination

1. Module-by-module exams during the course of studies. The subject of each module-specific examination is the coursework for the respective module. The module-specific examinations can take the form of an oral examination or may require written work or artistic performance.

2. Final artistic performance examination The final artistic performance examination is a public concert involving the conducting of a challenging choral work [choral conducting major] or a challenging orchestral work [orchestral conducting major].

(For more details on the examinations, see the examination regulations)

 

2. Requirements for the qualifying examination

Duration

The qualifying examination is conducted as a three-stage selection process over the course of two days

First day: Ear training, piano, scoring and transposition performance, song accompaniment, voice.

Second day: Conducting.

Written examination

On the subject of: Ear training

(Duration approx. 60 minutes)

Artistic performance examination

In the subjects: Piano, scoring and transposition performance, song accompaniment, voice and conducting

(For more information see: Requirements for the qualifying examination