Application and Auditions - Master of Music in Composition, Jazz Ensemble Composition and Film Music Composition

Online Application Deadline

15 December 
SøknadsWeb opens 1 November

Auditions

Week 8 (18-22 February 2019)

Programme Description

Master of Music in Composition

How to apply

  1. Apply through Søknadsweb
  2. Upload colour scans of academic records/transcripts documents as well as all required supporting documentation to Søknadsweb.
  3. Once you have registered your application in SøknadsWeb, a receipt will be sent to your e-mail address. In this receipt, you will find your application identification number and a link to your supplemental form. Use the supplemental form to inform about previous and ongoing education, your audition program, et cetera. Applicants without supplemental forms will be declined.

NB: Be aware that e-mails send from Søknadsweb can end up in the spamfilter. We ask you to be extra aware if you are using hotmail. 

Deadline 15 December 23:59 (UTC+1)

Upload supporting documents

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

  • Colour scans of academic records/transcripts. No need to upload records from NMH aquired after 2005.
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Picture of yourself

Note: Do not upload any compositions to SøknadsWeb at this time. Compositions should only be submitted later with the home assignments described below.

Concentration specifics

Each concentration has individual requirements, application home assignments, and entrance examinations. Carefully study the specific requirements for your concentration:

1. Admission to Composition

There are two rounds of entrance examinations for the Composition programme: 5 home assignments followed by an audition at the Academy.

Applicants who DID NOT graduate from the Norwegian Academy of Music with the degree Bachelor of Music in Composition must ALSO complete:

  1. the aural skills and music theory examinations
  2. one extra composition home assignment, equivalent to assignement (a) for Bachelor of Music Performance

Home assignments

Assignments will be sent out by email at the beginning of January, and applicants will have four weeks to complete them. Submit your work by uploading PDF or mp3 files in SøknadsWeb

In the home assignments the applicant must demonstrate:

  • skills of creative artistic expression
  • fundamental theoretical and practical skills
  • motivation for study of new techniques
  • motivation for development of personal artistic expression

Based on the submitted home assignments, the most qualified candidates will be invited to the Academy for an interview and practical tests. 

a) Composition assignment

  • Compose an original piece, 3-5 minutes in length, for the given instrumentation. Use of additional instruments or amplification is not allowed. The score must be uploaded in SøknadsWeb as a PDF-file.
  • Write a short analysis explaining the piece

If you wish to focus on electroacoustic compositions, please choose one of the following assignments. (In that case, do not do the previous assignments.)

Write a piece for either

  • a mixed work for instruments and electroacoustic sound or live electronics,

or

  • a pure electroacoustic composition without instruments.

b) Project proposal

The applicant must submit a project proposal thoroughly delineating the work s/he aims to do during the two years of graduate studies.

The proposal must

  • describe the central subject matter of the applicant’s proposed project
  • define/limit the scope of the work
  • contain a schedule for the proposed project
  • be 2000-6000 characters long
  • be written in Norwegian or English

c) Documentation of original compositions

The applicant must document her/his original compositions in the concentration genre by submitting 5 compositions in at least 3 different genres. Examples of genres are electro acoustic music, music for a solo instrument, vocal music, chamber music, compositions for large ensembles, orchestral music, choral music, or theatrical music (including performance art). 

Compositions must be submitted digitally as audio or MIDI recordings. All existing scores should also be submitted. Scores must be submitted as PDF files. Audio files should be in MP3 format. Scores and audio files should be uploaded in SøknadsWeb.

Add a listed description of your materials including

  • file name
  • name of the composer (applicant)
  • title
  • year of composition
  • duration
  • instrumentation

d) Complete list of original works composed by the applicant

Must include title, year, duration and instrumentation of each composition.

e) Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation is submitted as a separate document, and must be no longer than 1000 characters in length. In the letter the applicant should explain her/his motivation for applying to the programme, and provide a self-reflective description/assessment of her/his position in relation to the contemporary artistic/music environment.

Auditions at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Week 8) 

a) Rehearsal and performance of Composition Home Assignment

A student ensemble will be at your disposal for 30 minutes. During this time you must conduct/instruct your piece, which will be performed in its entirety at the end of the audition. Please note: You must produce sheet music for each part and send them to the Academy one week before the audition. You must also bring your own score to the audition.

b) Interview

On the basis of the submitted material the applicant may be called for an interview and discussion with the Jury. You will be expected to discuss the esthetic/stylistic context of your work, and through this discussion convey your knowledge of music from the last 70 years. You may also be asked questions about potential challenges in musical notation and performance technique. The jury may also discuss you written project proposal. For this discussion, you must demonstrate knowledge of relevant existing perspectives, including how it relates to music theory.

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2. Admission to Composition for Large Jazz Ensembles

There are two rounds of entrance examinations for the Composition programme: four home assignments followed by an interview at the Academy.

Home assignments

The four home assignments will be sent out by email at the beginning of January, and applicants will have four weeks to complete them. Upload all files, sheet music and sound files in SøknadsWeb.

In the home assignments the applicant must demonstrate:

  • skills of creative artistic expression
  • fundamental theoretical and practical skills
  • motivation for study of new techniques
  • motivation for development of personal artistic expression

Based on the submitted home assignments, the most qualified candidates will be invited to the Academy for the interview and practical tests.

a) Project proposal

The applicant must submit a project proposal thoroughly delineating the work s/he aims to do during the two years of graduate studies. Note the proposal criteria below.

The proposal must

  • describe the central subject matter of the applicant’s proposed project
  • define/limit the scope of the work
  • contain a schedule for the proposed project
  • be 2000-6000 characters long
  • be written in Norwegian or English

b) Documentation of original compositions

The applicant must document her/his original compositions in the concentration genre by submitting up to 5 compositions. 

The compositions must be submitted digitally as audio or MIDI recordings. All exisiting scores should also be submitted. Scores must be submitted as PDF files. Audio files should be in MP3 format. Scores and audio files should be uploaded in SøknadsWeb.

Add a listed description of your materials including

  • file name
  • name of the composer (applicant)
  • title
  • year of composition
  • duration
  • instrumentation

c) Complete list of original works composed by the applicant

Includes title, year, duration and instrumentation of each composition.

d) Letter of motivation

The letter of motivation is submitted as a separate document and must be no longer than 1000 characters in length. In the letter the applicant should explain her/his motivation for applying to the programme.

Interview at The Norwegian Academy of Music (week 8)

On the basis of the submitted material the applicant may be called for an interview and discussion with the Jury.

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3. Admission to Film Music Composition

There are two rounds of entrance examinations for the Composition programme: home assignments followed by an interview and practical tests at the Academy.

1. Home assignments

All documentation and sound files should be uploaded in SøknadsWeb within 11 June 12 pm.

  • skills of creative artistic experssion
  • fundamental theoretical and practical skills
  • motivation for study of new techniques
  • motivation for development of personal artistic expression

Based on the submitted home assignments, the most qualified candidates will be invited to the Academy for the interview and practical tests.

a) Composition assignments

Compose a short work (3-5 minutes) using one of three (3) provided still images/photos (as found under this link) as source of inspiration. Select one of the following instrumentation options for your composition:

  • Compose for an acoustic ensemble specified by the Academy. You may include all or any of the acoustic instruments listed in the assignment. The specified ensemble will be available at the audition, and the applicant will rehearse the composition with the ensemble.
    or
  • Compose using some or only electronically produced music and/or concrete sounds (sampling). The applicant may submit a finalized audiotrack/recording for playback at the audition.

b) Documentation of original compositions

The applicant must document her/his original compositions in 3 genres (ex. Electro acoustic music, music for solo instrument, chamber music, vocal music, music for larger ensembles, music for orchestra, music for choir or music for drama/opera/performance art.). Maximum 5 compositions may be submitted.

Compositions must be submitted digitally as audio or MIDI recordings. All existing scores should also be submitted. Scores must be submitted as PDF files. Audio files should be in MP3 format. All files must be uploaded in SøknadsWeb.

Add a listed description of your materials including

  • file name
  • name of the composer (applicant)
  • title
  • year of composition
  • duration
  • instrumentation

c) Complete list of original works composed by the applicant

Includes title, year, duration and instrumentation of each composition.

d) Letter of motivation and plans for the master work

The letter of motivation and plans for the master work is submitted as a separate document. Here you are supposed to describe your aims and motivations for the master study and describe your plans for your master work. This text should be between 2000-6000 characters in length.

2. Practical tests and interview at The Norwegian Academy of Music (13 June)

a) Rehearsing and conducting/playback of the home assignment composition

A student ensemble will be at your disposal for 30 minutes. During this time you must conduct/instruct your piece, which will be performed in its entirety at the end of the audition. Please note: You must produce sheet music for each part and send themby email to the Academy one week before the audition. You must also bring your own score to the audition.

Optionally, you may choose to submit a recording/audio track for playback at the audition.

b) Interview

On the basis of the submitted material the applicant may be called for an interview and discussion with the Jury. You will be expected to discuss the esthetic/stylistic context of your work, and through this discussion convey your knowledge of music from the last 70 years. You may also be asked questions about potential challenges in musical notation and performance technique. The jury may also discuss you written project proposal. For this discussion, you must demonstrate knowledge of relevant existing perspectives, including how it relates to music theory. Rigorous understanding and analytical reflection on the relationship between music and visuals will be weighted in the Jury's consideration.

 

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Last updated: 9. October 2018