Rostock University of Music and Drama sets great store by practical training for its students. This is supported by partnerships with theatres, orchestras, associations and colleges. Here you will find an overview of ongoing partnerships which provide practical experience during the students’ musical training.

Cooperation with theatres and orchestras

In May 2008, the Theater Vorpommern (Theatre of West Pomerania) and its Philharmonic Orchestra joined the Volkstheater Rostock and Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock as another partner offering practical experience on stage and in the orchestra. Another collaboration of this kind exists with the Mecklenburg State Theater Schwerin.

After auditioning successfully, students at the hmt Rostock are offered the opportunity to work as substitutes and extras with the professional orchestras or to sing in musical theatre performances. Soloists can rehearse and perform with the orchestra.

The acting students take part in productions that are anchored in the regular schedule of the Volkstheater.

Berlin Staatskapelle and Mecklenburg Wind Academy

The Mecklenburg Wind Academy of the hmt Rostock, which is run together with members and teachers of the Berlin Staatskapelle’s orchestral academy, is a major enhancement of the training received by students in the university´s wind department. It is part of the in 2006 concluded agreement with the Berlin Staatskapelle and its principal conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Rostock University

Rostock University and Rostock University of Music and Drama cooperate in the following areas:

  • Coordinating teacher training
  • Developing the Master’s degree course in musicology with the Faculty of Philosophy at Rostock University
  • In the area of doctoral education, the Department of Musicology and Music Education is collaborating with eleven scientists in three faculties at Rostock University on the postgraduate course “Cultural Contact and Scientific Discourse” sponsored by the DFG (German Research Foundation), which offers regular interdisciplinary lectures as well as carrying out research work.
  • Mutual support in the area of scientific research
  • Cooperation between the university and college libraries
State Music Schools

The music schools of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania are cooperative partners for students on all of our music courses. They can gain practical teaching experience here. Furthermore, there is a particularly close cooperation between the music schools and the Young Academy Rostock for the screening and training of musical talents.

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival

Since 2005, Rostock University of Music and Drama has been running an INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CAMPUS in cooperation with the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Festival. For the master class courses at the SUMMER CAMPUS, this means that the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock is at the disposal of the master class students (soloists) for orchestral rehearsals and concert performances. The Festival also incorporates an orchestral concert with teachers at the SUMMER CAMPUS and three orchestral concerts with students on the master class courses into its programme in Rostock and surroundings.

An even longer collaboration connects the Festival M-V and the hmt Rostock through the Chamber Music Festival Landow auf Rügen, which is played by students of the hmt Rostock and whose artistic direction was initially held by Professor Matthias Kirschnereit and was taken over by Professor Stephan Imorde a few years ago.

International Partnership in the field of Teacher Training

The Department of Musicology, Music Education and Theatre Education at hmt Rostock has been a partner of the universities of performing arts in Leuven (Belgium), The Hague (Netherlands) and Malmö (Sweden) in the field of teacher training for music since 2018 for a joint summer school for students on teacher training degree courses. For a period of three years once every year one teacher and five students on teacher training degree courses at hmt Rostock travel to Leuven (Belgium) for a ten-day summer school, where they contemplate and work on music education together with students and members of teaching staff from Sweden, Holland and Belgium.

The Summer School ‘Master Classes in Innovative Music Education’ took place for the first time from the 5th to the 15th September 2018.