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Bachelor of Music in Conducting

Programme Length

4 years (240 ECTS-credits)

Language of Instruction

Norwegian (years 1 and 2)

Norwegian or English (years 3 and 4)

Application Deadline

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

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Programme Description

A conductor must have a strong musical will, good communications skills, leadership ability, craftsmanship and a genuine interest in people. At the Norwegian Academy of Music, you will have the opportunity to develop these skills.

The conducting programme allows you to specialize in either choir or band/orchestra conducting, while simultaneously developing a high level as a performer on your principal instrument. Applicants with another background than classical (e.g. jazz or folk music) are allowed to apply for this study.

The programme is organised in two modules, each lasting two years. In the first module you will work on your basic musicianship following a relatively determined course of study. You will practice your conducting skills with the various Academy ensembles as well as out of house ensembles. In the second module, you will concentrate more on your conducting, as well as choosing what you wish to specialise in through a wide selection of elective courses. You will receive principal instrument instruction all years except the last.

Read more about conducting at the Academy..

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to Norwegian colleges and universities and must also pass the audition in week 11. Applicants are expected to have some experience in conducting. Additionally a high level on the principal instrument is expected, as well as good aural skills and solid knowledge of music theory. Entrance to the limited number of places open is competitive.

Admission to the 1st module (years 1 and 2) requires sufficient language proficiency to follow Norwegian instructions. Language skills must either be documented by a test or you can choose to do an interview in Norwegian during the audition week.

Admission to 2nd module

Admission to the 2nd module (years 3 and 4) requires minimum two years of higher music education equivalent to the 1st module of Bachelor of Music in Conducting (120 ECTS credits). Course instruction in the 2nd module is in English. Language skills must be documented by a test.

Read more about official approved Norwegian and English tests here.


If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact:

Telephone: +47 23 36 70 00 (phone time 12:00–15:00 Monday to Friday).

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

Programme leader - orchestra


Ole Kristian Ruud



Programme leader - choir


Vivianne Sydnes


Choral Conducting