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European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster)

Programme Length

2 years (120 ECTS credits)

Language of Instruction

English

Application Deadline

15 December. Online application (Søknadsweb) opens 1 November.

Application and auditions

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements on the bottom of the page

Programme Description

European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster) is a two-year programme that provides established chamber music ensembles the opportunity for intensive chamber music studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) and up to six other leading European institutions. The programme is developed by the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) with assistance from ERASMUS+.

The programme has a general programme description and structure that applies to all institutions. Students will experience training in chamber music to a professional level, develop their knowledge of repertoire, refine their artistic and technical skills on their principal instrument and their ability to convey musical expression as an ensemble musician. The students complete their entire Master's programme as part of the ensemble.

All ECMAster students spend semesters 1 and 4 at their home institution and semesters 2 and 3 at two different host institutions. In this way students will benefit from the expertise of at least three institutions, as well as gaining access to a European chamber music network through ECMA.

The European Chamber Music Master is a part of the Master of Music Performance Programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

General programme description for ECMAster

The ECMAster programme at NMH

As an ECMAster student with NMH as home institution you will spend semesters 1 and 4 at NMH and semesters 2 and 3 at two different host institutions.

Semester 1 

Chamber Music and ECMA IP (20 ECTS credits)

This course covers the rehearsal and performance of a comprehensive, balanced repertoire. Your group’s area of interest and personal musical preferences will be emphasized and challenged. The course will focus on development of artistic and technical skills both on your principal instrument and as an ensemble. The repertoire is planned in collaboration with the chamber music coach, and normally consists of music from various eras. During the course, you will perform in public and in interpretation fora at the academy, and take part in at least one ECMA session.

Project development (5 ECTS credits)

The course is designed to give students a basic methodology for project development and project work. It is strongly connected with the Master’s Project, and you will develop the project description for the ensemble’s Master’s Project during this course. Throughout the two years of study, you stay in touch with your principal artistic supervisor. During the course, your chamber ensemble should develop further as an independent, self-driven group, ideally able to sustain activity over years in the future.

Life skills for chamber musicians (5 ECTS credits)

Topics like rehearsal methodology, group dynamics, communication, identity, and career planning/development are covered in this course. It is made up of two parts, both in which the students will take an active role. One part will focus on particular, important working skills for chamber musicians – like rehearsal methodology, group dynamics and communication. The second part will focus on identity, career planning and development.

Semesters 2 and 3

Each of the collaborating institutions offers a custom made semester for visiting chamber groups. Please have a look at their respective websites to see details. You should state in the supplemental form where you wish to go in semester 2 and 3.

You can choose to spend your second semester of studies at one of these institutions:

And your third semester at one of these institutions:

Semester 4

At NMH, the fourth semester is dedicated to the Master’s Project, which takes up all 30 ECTS credits in this semester. The ensemble should use the three first semesters to prepare for this final, intensive working period in which the ensemble will both have opportunity to experiment with form and repertoire, and to refine their program for the final concert. In the Master’s Project, students will, as part of the ensemble, complete an independent artistic performance project. The project topic should be clearly demarcated and pose a clearly defined artistic question.

Exchange to NMH in semester 2 from one of the collaborating institutions

As ECMAster students, you will be integrated into the activities at the Academy, taking classes alongside students on other programmes and participating in concerts, workshops and masterclasses with students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Training will be provided by NMH teachers and international visitors. ECMAster students will be encouraged to rehearse, perform and record throughout the semester.

Visiting ensembles at NMH will take one major course of 20 ECTS credits and two complementary courses (5 ECTS credits each).

Chamber Music and ECMA IP (20 ECTS credits)

This course covers the rehearsal and performance of a comprehensive, balanced repertoire. Your group’s area of interest and personal musical preferences will be emphasized and challenged. The course will focus on development of artistic and technical skills both on your principal instrument and as an ensemble. The repertoire is planned in collaboration with the chamber music coach, and normally consists of music from various eras. During the course, you will perform in public and in interpretation fora at the academy, and take part in at least one ECMA session.

Contemporary music and commission work (5 ECTS credits)

In this course you get the experience of collaborating with composers. The course also focuses on contemporary music interpretation. The chamber ensemble works together with a composition student on a commission work.

The socially responsive musician (5 ECTS credits)

This course will give opportunity to reflect on your role as a musician in a relation to the public and the society around you. During the course, students will carry out independent social responsive projects, eg. at reception centers, homeless shelters, in schools or in public spaces.

What is ECMA?

logo ECMAECMA is an association of European music universities, conservatoires and festivals in the field of chamber music. Within the ECMA-programme, the partner institutions host regular sessions throughout the year in different places all over Europe. Renowned tutors work intensively with selected young professional ensembles who are receiving on-going training and additional creative impulses through lectures, round tables and interdisciplinary workshops. The annual ECMA session takes place at NMH the week after easter.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Music or equivalent qualification (as recognized by the Norwegian Academy of Music) with a minimum of 80 ECTS credits in Music Performance subjects. Applicants must be member of an established ensemble, and all ensemble members must apply at the same time and to the same institution. All applicants must meet the formal admission requirements. Entrance examinations will be held for eligible applicants. The qualifying level of performance demonstrated at the audition must at minimum be equivalent to the graduation requirements of the four-year Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The programme is open to established ensembles with a standard instrument combination: 

  • String trios and string quartets 
  • Piano trios and piano quartets  
  • Wind quintets  
  • Brass quintets 
  • Saxophone quartets
  • Other ensembles with an established original repertoire of sufficient scope

Ensembles in the last category will need specific approval by the home institution and the host institutions. These ensembles must have a minimum of three and a maximum of five musicians. Larger ensembles may be accepted by agreement of the home institution and both host institutions, and with approval from the Programme Board.

Information about application and auditions

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Contact

If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact: opptak@nmh.no

Tel: +47 23 36 70 00 (Phone time 12.00-15.00 Monday-Friday)

Contact your programme coordinator if you have any questions about the academic content of the study programme.

Programme Leader

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Are Sandbakken

Professor

Chamber Music, Viola

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