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The Conducting Department has a strong, creative environment that offers work experience for students through collaboration with professional organizations.

As early as in the first year of study, students are given the opportunity to work with amateur and professional musicians through the Academy's collaboration agreements.

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers education in choir, ensemble and orchestra conducting. Whether students aim to work as conductors or expand their knowledge base of a music discipline or instrument, the Academy has suitable programmes and courses.

Employment opportunities

There is a high demand for conductors of various specializations and skills in choir, ensemble and orchestra conducting. In fact, the employment market for conductors stretches broadly across music disciplines and artistic environments, which require widely diverse qualifications and personalities.

The various conducting studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music provides a solid basis for conducting and leadership in music ensembles and organizations. Our students gain the opportunity to experience and influence a vibrant and rapidly developing professional music environment.

Study opportunities

The Norwegian Academy of Music offers programmes in Music Performance and Music Education:

Conducting is also a required course in certain study programmes at the Academy.

Video of students conducting and practicing at the Academy.

Conductor skills

A conductor must have a range of qualifications: strong musical vision and direction, good presentation skills, leadership abilities and organizational skills, an interest in people, group processes, and pedagogy. In addition, conducting requires solid technique in order to express and realise musical intentions.


The Conducting Department at the Norwegian Academy of Music collaborates with several professional orchestras, ensembles, choirs and bands through various projects and in student exams.

Our collaborators include:

Guest Conductors

Many distinguished conductors have visited the Academy, such as: Mariss Jansons, Eric Ericson,  Herbert Blomstedt, Esa Pekka Salonen, Tõnu Kaljuste, Søren Kinch Hansen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Andre Previn,  Jukka Pekka Saraste, Gunnar Eriksson