Bachelor's Course Orchestra Conducting

Entrance Requirements

Applicants who wish to enrol at the University of Music and Theatre have to provide proof of entitlement (normally: “Abitur” – general/specialized higher education entrance qualification or foreign equivalent). As an exception for music studies and on request, this document might be complemented or replaced by a certificate verifying the passed entrance examination to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Applicants also need to have completed their compulsory education or will presumably have done so before they start their studies.

Course profile

  • Official Length of the programme: four years, 240 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
  • Application period: 1 October to 15 November for the summer semester. 1 March to 15 April for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • Teachers

Programme Details

The Bachelor’s course is based on three core areas. One of them is Musical Analysis where students learn the elementary prerequisites for conducting. Areas like Music Theory, Musicology, Repertoire Analysis, Stylistic Studies as well as instrument related specifics provide the basis for any form of interpretation including conducting. Other fields of study complement the artistic training: ranging from the Instrumental Major, Accompaniment, Cembalo, Vocal Studies, Chamber Music to Score Playing.

Analysis and musical practice help conductors to form an inner tonal picture which has to be communicated to the orchestra. Consequently, body expression is the second pillar on which the study is founded. Leading an ensemble with confidence requires significant gestures and mimic. This can only be the result of a complex and careful process involving the direct communication with an orchestra. Since this is not possible on a weekly basis, let alone daily, students have to make use of workarounds. Conducting exercises, study periods with the university’s orchestra or professional ensembles as well as preparatory piano exercises build the frame for the central main subject. The attendance of rehearsals is also part of it.

Other artistic modules focus on the work with singers with regard to music theatre productions or aim towards the refinement of the artistic expression (for instance the Ensemble module with chamber music and lieder interpretation). During the 5th and 6th semester, students choose one module out of a large module catalogue according to their own preference, either to improve their artistic skills or to achieve a special qualification.

The Career Management/Music Management module allows students to prepare for the professional market. They get acquainted with career planning and project management which is essential for future conductors.

Competence acquired through practical work with orchestras and ensembles is the crucial target of the Bachelor’s course.

Career perspectives

The Bachelor’s course aims towards educating artists who are able to work as conductors in all professional fields that music theatres and concert halls offer. Due to the complexity of the profession, graduates have to possess artistic, teaching as well as social competence to master the challenge to work as a music director. The repertoire is immense as are the demands of the market. Therefore, the Bachelor’s course can only provide the basics for a professional career; several subjects can only be studied exemplarily – it has to be considered that students begin their studies without preparatory training.

The Master’s course in Orchestra Conducting will provide students with the final competence.

Language requirements

Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course. 
For the Bachelor’s degree (Orchestra Conducting), students are required to have reached level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
Applicants’ linguistic competence will be established during the aptitude test. 

You will find further information in the Aptitude Test Regulations and Matriculation Regulations (only in German) of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

Aptitude test requirements

Please apply via our application website by uploading the required documents and application video by 15th of April for the next winter semester and 15th of November for the next summer semester.
In order to take part in the aptitude test part 1, you need to submit your application as well as one or several videos according to the regulations of the study course you are applying for.

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to submit 2 application videos comprising the following content:


  • W. A. Mozart: Quintet no. 5 from  Die Zauberflöte. Presentation at the piano with vocal marking of the vocal parts

Conducting task

  • A. Dvořák: Symphonie Nr. 8 G-Dur, op. 88, 1.Satz bis Takt 126; 2. Satz bis Takt 85
  • I. Strawinsky: March from L'histoire du soldat

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your name, your application number, the title of the piece you are about to present). The video has to be filmed in one take and live, which means the material must not be cut or post-edited. There is no need for professional video production. Videos taken with your mobile phone are absolutely fine. However, you should be clearly visible and audible during correpetition and conducting. The video should be framed to show your upper body in full sight.

You will receive an e-mail with the results of part 1 of the aptitude test. If you have passed part 1 of the aptitude test, you will be invited to part 2 which will take place in June for the winter semester and in January for the summer semester. The exact dates will be published under apply for studies.

Requirements for the aptitude test part 2:

The second round of the aptitude test covers all parts of the examination that are still missing, e.g. playing at sight tasks, "score playing" (knowledge of old clefs, transposing instruments), work with singers or orchestra (instrumental ensemble) and piano according to the hmt's aptitude test regulations ("Eignungsprüfungsordnung"). 

Please prepare


  • G. Puccini: Quartet from the 3. Act La Bohème (from no. 30 onwards until the end of the act)

Conducting task

  • Haydn Oxford-Sinfonie 1. + 2. movement with piano

You will also have to take tests in your respective compulsory subjects piano (Four piano pieces from varying stylistic eras with a high level of difficulty have to be performed, preferably from memory), music theory and ear training. Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test.

We look forward to your application.


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.

We will gladly advise you personally!

Mrs Dörtje Peters
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 220
fax +49 381 5108 201

Head of Conducting: Florian Erdl

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