Application and Auditions - Bachelor of Music in Conducting

Application Deadline

15 December 

Auditions

Week 11 (9 - 13 March 2020)

Programme Description

Bachelor of Music in Conducting

How to apply

  1. Apply through Søknadsweb
  2. Upload all required supporting documentation to Søknadsweb. See details below.
  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 as spam. We ask you to be extra aware if you are using Hotmail. 

Deadline 15 December 23:59.

Upload supporting documents

Upload the following supporting documents to Søknadsweb by 15 December:

  • Academic records/transcripts (colour scans, translated into English or Norwegian by an officially authorized translator). No need to upload records from NMH acquired after 2005.
  • Piano score for personally selected audition pieces (if you wish NMH to provide audition accompaniment).
  • Proof of language proficiency (within 1 February)
  • Portrait picture.

Auditions and repertoire requirements

Repertoire requirements and auditions 1st round for the Bachelor of Music in Conducting is equivalent to:

List your audition repertoire in full on the Supplemental Form; include the required works and your chosen pieces. The repertoire is binding and cannot be changed.

Auditions

There are four rounds of auditions in Week 11. Applicants who qualify in the 1st round will be admitted to the 2nd and 3rd. Applicants who qualify in the 3rd round will be admitted to the 4th. The 2nd round (aural skills and music theory) and 3rd round of audition is not required for applicants seeking admission directly into the 2nd module (years 3 and 4) of the programme. 

First round – performing

Monday Week 11

You will perform approximately 10 minutes of your listed repertoire programme. Classical voice applicants indicate on the supplemental form which of the two songs will be performed.

Second round – Examinations (Theory and Aural skills)

Tuesday morning Week 11

Not applicable for students applying to the 2nd module.

Third round – Conducting

Tuesday afternoon Week 11

The applicant will conduct one of the compulsory works. All compulsory audition materials (scores/sheet music) must be prepared, follow links to the audition materials (scores/sheet music) below. The audition jury decides and announces which work(s) the applicant will conduct at the audition. The content of the audition may vary in accordance with applicant's chosen specialization (choral or orchestral conducting).

Compulsory works – choir specialization:

  • W. A. Mozart: Ave Verum (performed a cappella)
  • J. Brahms: Verlorende Jugend
  • W. Peterson-Berger: Vesleblomme

Compulsory works – band/orchestra specialization:

Applicants for the 1st module (years 1 and 2):

  • Edvard Grieg: Solveigs Song - orchestral version
  • L. v. Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 - 2nd Movement

Applicants for the 2nd module (years 3 and 4):

  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony no. 39 - 1st Movement
  • L. v. Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 - 2nd Movement

You can get the scores for the music by sending an e-mail to: admission@nmh.no

Fourth round - Wednesday or Thursday Week 11

The fourth round is divided into two parts:

Part one

The applicant will conduct up to 15 minutes rehearsal with ensemble/choir. The repertoire is the same as for the 3rd round.

Part two

At the discretion of the jury, the applicant may be required to complete the following tests:

  • Aural test (incl. identification of chord sequences and chord positions)
  • Piano (for those whose principal instrument is not piano): a piano piece of own choice (for both specializations)
  • Score playing on piano, both from the audition material and prima vista
  • Principal instrument. There will be no accompaniment offered at this stage
  • Singing (for those applying to choral conducting whose principal instrument is not voice): a song of own choice
  • Interview: the jury may inquire about the applicant's motivation for studying conducting, and about the compulsory audition materials (scores/sheet music)
  • the jury may also test the applicant's knowledge of music and skills of practical or theoretical aspects related to the study programme
Last updated: 8. October 2019