Master's degree in chamber music, major lied interpretation or ensemble playing

Programme details

Instrumental excellence and a harmonious interaction with one’s ensemble partner/s are the fundamental prerequisites for a successful chamber musician. Therefore, the Major Specialism module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul I und II”, semesters 1–4) with its rising qualification goals in each semester is the essential part of the study. The importance of the major is emphasised through an increased course volume.

The Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1–2) is assembled by the students themselves: They take part in chamber music related projects or modules of their choice. The module Applied Music Theory and Musicology (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft”, semesters 1–2) has been aligned with the core area of the study course. The module includes musical analysis and interpretation as well as practical exercises in aural analysis and intonation.

The programme has been designed in such a way as to include all essential fields of study while providing sufficient space for the major, especially during the second half of the Master’s course.

During the 3rd and the 4th semester, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills or to specialise.

Course Profile

  • Official Length of the programme: two years, 120 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
  • Application period: 1 October to 1 December for the summer semester. | 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Master of Music
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Career perspectives

According to the chosen major, the Master’s course in Chamber Music qualifies for the free-lanced work as a lied pianist or chamber musician. The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence as instrumentalists and have s special potential as lied pianists or chamber musicians.

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 Master’s degree (Orchestra), 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 equirements for the summer semester 2021 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic

We have altered our conditions for the Summer semester 2021 aptitude test due to the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Major Lied

1st Round

In order to take part in the aptitude test, you need to one application videos (playing time: 15 minutes max) comprising the following works:

  • a song by Schubert
  • a song from the late romantic period (Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Schönberg, Strauss, Pfitzner etc.)
  • a Mélodie française

Please position the camera in such a way that both the singer and the pianist are well visible as well as the pianist's hands from the side.

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 whilst playing your instrument. 

You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 11.12.2020. All videos have to be uploaded till 18.12.2020! So please prepare your video material already now!

If the board of examiners decides that your application should advance to the next round, you will be invited till 11.01.2021.

The second round of the aptitude test will take place between 01.02.2021 and 05.02.2021 at the hmt, provided that the COVID-19 situation next year permits it (alternatively via Zoom meeting). Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test.

2nd Round at hmt or via Live Zoom Meeting (for candidates who have passed the 1st round)

  • Solo: at least 2 solo works of different character and style with a high pianistic/artistic standard, one of them a work of Viennese classical music
  • at hmt: 6 lieder of a different style, one of them a lied by Schubert, to be performed with your own singer; via Zoom: one lied of your choice to be performed with your own singer
  • Recitation of one of the lyrics
  • "Play at sight"
  • Talk about your motivation to study lied interpretation

Major Ensemble Playing

Please submit a video recording (play time: 20 minutes max.) comprising the following works

  • Works/work parts of Chamber Music of different character and from 3 different style epochs with a high degree of difficulty; one classical work is expected

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your names, your application numbers, 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, all ensemble members should be clearly visible and audible whilst playing your instruments or singing. 

You will receive further information how and where to upload the videos till 11.12.2020. All videos have to be uploaded till 18.12.2020! So please prepare your video material already now!

If the board of examiners decides that your application should advance to the next round, the ensemble will be invited till 11.01.2021.

The second round of the aptitude test will take place between 01.02.2021 and 05.02.2021 at the hmt, provided that the COVID-19 situation next year permits it (alternatively via Zoom meeting). Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test.

We look forward to your application.

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 Hanka Paschedag
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201
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Course Guidance

Prof. Karola Theill (Lied interpretation)
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Prof. Bernd Zack (piano chamber music)
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Prof. Christian Packmohr (brass)
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Prof. Gregor Witt (woodwind)
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Prof. Stefan Hempel (strings)
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Prof. Nora Buschmann (guitar)
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Prof. Andreas Wehrenfennig (harp)
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