Application and Auditions - Master of Music in Conducting


Online Application Deadline

15 December 
SøknadsWeb opens 1 November


Week 8 (17 - 21 February 2020)

About the Programme

> Master of Music in Conducting

How to apply

  1. Apply through Søknadsweb
  2. Upload all required supporting documents to Søknadsweb. See details under each concentration below.
  3. Fill in and submit the Supplemental Form. 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.

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Deadline 15 December 23:59 (UTC+1).

Upload supporting documents

Upload the following supporting documents to Søknadsweb by 15 December:

  • Attested copies of academic records/transcripts. No need to upload records from NMH acquired after 2005
  • Conducting bio/resumé (including an overview of conducted repertoire, instrumentations, and names of ensembles/choirs)
  • Proof of English proficiency (within 1 February)
  • Portrait photo of the applicant

Repertoire requirements / audition programme

A high level of skill must be demonstrated on (at least) one instrument. List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • Main instrument: 10–15 minutes, of your own choice
  • Piano/Organ (second instrument): 3–4 minutes, of your own choice

Auditions (Week 8)

Approximately one month prior to the audition the applicant will receive an e-mail with the audition preparation materials, including scores/sheet music for a given ensemble, to prepare for the conducting audition.

The audition is in four rounds. 

First round

Conducting: The applicant will conduct from one of the works (scores) provided. Orchestral applicants will conduct a smaller chamber ensemble (string quintet/piano); choral applicants will conduct a vocal octet.

Second round

Applicants who pass from the 1st round will progress to the 2nd round.

Performance main intrument: In this round you must demonstrate skills on your main instrument. You play from the audition programme you submitted in the supplemental form. The applicant is responsible for providing accompanist, if needed.

Third round

Applicants who pass from the first and second round will progress to the third round.

a) Performance second instrument

Those applying to orchestral conducting are (normally) required to demonstrate skills on

  • piano or organ (if this is not the principal instrument of the applicant)

Those applying to choral conducting are (normally) required to demonstrate skills on

  • piano or organ (if this is not the principal instrument of the applicant)
  • voice (applicants whose principal instrument is not voice will sing a work of their own choice)

b) Score playing

The applicant plays exerpts on piano from the provided scores.

c) Aural skills test

The applicant must identify and define chord progressions/positions played on the piano (by a jury member). Choral applicants may be tested in the provided choral composition. The applicant must be able to sing all voices, and may be asked to sing one voice while a jury member plays the other.

d) Interview

The jury interviews the applicant about her/his thoughts on conducting. The interview will include terminology, sight reading and theoretical analysis of elements such as form, content and instumentation of a score which will be given to the applicant at the interview.

Fourth round

Applicants who pass from the first, second and third round will be invited to conduct an orchestra or vocal ensemble. Applicants will conduct one piece or more from the audition scores sent by email approx. one month in advance.

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Last updated: 8. October 2019