Application and Auditions - Master of Music Performance

Online Application Deadline

15 December 

Auditions

Week 8 (18-22 February 2019)

Programme Description

Master of Music Performance

How to apply

  1. Apply through Søknadsweb
  2. Upload colour scans of academic records/transcripts documents to Søknadsweb. No need to upload records from NMH aquired after 2005.
  3. Upload all required supporting documents to Søknadsweb. 
  4. 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

Supporting documents, repertoire requirements and auditions

Each of the seven concentrations have individual admission requirements. Please see your chosen concentration below for a complete list of required supporting documentation.

1. Solo Instrument/Chamber Music

Supporting documents, solo instrument/chamber music

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

  • Academic records/transcripts (scanned in full colour)
  • A list of your principal instrument repertoire (of previously covered works), with total duration of minimum 360 minutes, of which at least 40 minutes is chamber music
  • Performance bio/resumé (providing an overview of performance experience)
  • A project proposal on a half to one page. Read about the content of the project proposal here
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Vocal studies/voice: sheet music for accompanist if you choose not to bring you own
  • A picture of yourself

Repertoire requirements for solo instrument/chamber music

Study carefully the repertoire requirements for your instrument and list your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

Pianists should not include concerts in their audition programme.

Auditions for solo instrument / chamber music

Auditions are held Monday or Tuesday week 8, and Applicants invited to audition must:

  • perform approximately 25 minutes of their audition programme. The audition jury selects which pieces the candidate performs at the audition.
  • discuss personal motivation and intentions for programme in interview with the audition jury

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Internship

Students of orchestral instruments admitted to the programme can apply for internships at the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. There is a separate audition for the internship and students accepted receive a scholarship. 

2. Improvised music/jazz

Supporting documents, improvised music/jazz

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

Repertoire requirements for improvised music/jazz

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • 45 minute audition programme that thoroughly demonstrates the ensemble's or applicant's musical proficiency and interests.

Remember to submit a separate application for each member of the ensemble.

Auditions for improvised music/jazz

Auditions are held week 8 and applicants invited to audition must:

  • perform approximately 30 minutes of their audition programme. The audition jury selects which pieces the candidate performs. NOTE: If backing is desired, it is the candidate's responsibility to secure a backing band/accompaniment
  • discuss personal motivation and intentions for programme in interview with the audition jury

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Nordic Master: Composing Musician (NoCom)

Supporting documents, NoCom

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

  • Academic records/transcripts (scanned in full colour)
  • A project proposal on a half to one page. Read about the content of the project proposal here
  • Artistic bio/resumé (providing an overview of artistic activities and experience)
  • Recorded sample(s) of original compositions (max 15 minutes, in mp3 format), and other relevant documentation.
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • A picture of yourself

Repertoire requirements for NoCom

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • 45 minute audition programme that thoroughly demonstrates the ensemble's or applicant's musical proficiency and interests.

Auditions for NoCom

Auditions are held week 8 and applicants invited to audition must:

  • perform approximately 15 minutes of their audition programme. The audition jury selects which pieces the candidate performs at the audition. NOTE: It is the candidate's responsibility to secure a backing band/accompaniment, if required; carefully study the conditions that apply in programme requirements
  • give a 15 minute oral presentation of previously completed projects, and personal study intentions for the programme.

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Traditional Nordic Folk Music

Supporting documents, Folk Music

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

Repertoire requirements for Folk Music

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • 45 minute audition programme that thoroughly demonstrates the ensemble's or applicant's musical proficiency and interests.

Remember to submit a separate application for each member of the ensemble!

Audition (Week 8)

Auditions are held week 8 and applicants invited to audition must:

  • perform approximately 30 minutes of the audition programme. The audition jury selects works from the submitted programme
  • interview with the audition jury

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Accompaniment and Chamber Music for Classical Pianists

Supporting documents, Chamber Music

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

Repertoire requirements for Chamber Music

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • Chamber music audition programme of approximately 20 minutes (e.g. trio, sonata, lied), including one or several works (or parts of works) of varying instrumentation
  • Solo audition programme of approximately 15 minutes, demonstrating stylistic range. Solo programme may include one or several works (or parts of works)

Audition (Week 8)

Auditions are held week 8 and applicants invited to audition must play:

  • parts of the solo programme. The audition jury selects works from the submitted programme
  • parts of the chamber music programme. NOTE: It is the candidate's responsibility to secure an audition ensemble
  • a quick study test and sight-reading/prima vista play of provided chamber music repertoire
  • pieces sent to the applicants approximately 10 days prior to the audition in order to:
    • 1: demonstrate orchestral reduction of instrumental concerto (or parts thereof). The piece is to be performed on piano with the intention of providing purposeful and functional accompaniment
    • 2: demonstrate study of one or several ensemble composition(s)

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Opera Répétiteur

Supporting documents, Opera Répétiteur

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

Repertoire requirements for Opera Répétiteur

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

  • one operatic aria/chamber music composition chosen by applicant and prepared with singer/instrumentalist. The Academy can assign an 'in-house' singer/instrumentalist for the audition, if requested in supplemental form.
  • one composition for solo piano, chosen by applicant (approx. 5 min)

Auditions for Opera Répétiteur

There are 2 rounds of auditions in week 8. Approximately 10 days prior to the auditions you will receive 2 compositions which must be studied and performed at the auditions. Only applicants who qualify in the 1st round will be admitted to the 2nd round of auditions. The audition jury's assessment will emphasise the applicant's range of musical knowledge and skill, and the ability to convey these qualifications of scope.

1st round

Applicants invited to audition must perform

  • one operatic aria/chamber music composition chosen by applicant and prepared with singer/instrumentalist. The Academy can assign an 'in-house' singer/instrumentalist for the audition, if requested.
  • a quick study test (one hour) of an aria performed with an assigned singer from the Academy
  • piano excerpt from an opera. The applicant must guide/coach an assigned singer from the Academy through the provided excerpt, which will be sent to the applicants approximately 10 days prior to the auditions.
  • sight-reading/prima vista
  • interview with the audition jury about the opera répétiteur profession

2nd round

  • one composition for solo piano, chosen by applicant (approx. 5 min)
  • piano excerpt from an opera with vocal ensemble, which will be provided to the applicants approximately 10 days prior to the auditions. At the audition the applicant must guide/coach the vocal ensemble assigned by the Academy. The applicant may be asked to sing one of the ensemble parts.
  • with a conductor, play the same provided piano excerpt
  • practical aural skills test

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Music Performance with Thesis

Applicants are assessed on the basis of their combined skills of performance, reflections about the study, and oral and written presentations. This specialisation is for students in various genres.

Supporting documents, Music Performance with Thesis

Upload the following supporting documents to SøknadsWeb by 15 December:

Repertoire requirements for Music Performance with Thesis

 In accordance with the repertoire requirements for graduate performance programmes:

  • Classical Music
  • Traditional Nordic Folk Music: A 45 minute audition programme that thoroughly demonstrates your musical proficiency and interests.
  • Improvised Music/Jazz: A 45 minute audition programme that thoroughly demonstrates your musical proficiency and interests.

List your audition repertoire in full in the supplemental form. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

Auditions for Music Performance with Thesis

Auditions are in week 8. The entrance exams include: 

Questions

Prior to the auditions applicants will receive a number of questions based on the project proposal. These questions are the starting point for the interview. 

Performance

Applicant performs approximately 15 minutes of their audition programme. The audition jury selects which pieces the candidate performs at the audition. Only applicants who complete the performance round successfully will proceed to the interview.

Interview

In interview with the audition jury the applicant is asked questions about their motivation and intention for their thesis topic/principal study on the basis of the submitted proposal and essay. Applicant may be asked to perform parts of the audition programme.

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Last updated: 28. September 2018