Master's degree in concert singing

Programme details

The Major Specialism module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul”, semesters 1– 4) provides the core of the Master’s course.

Lieder Interpretation as well as Oratorio are the main parts of the Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1– 4) that interacts with the major. 

The module Applied Music Theory and Musicology (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft”, semesters 1–2) emphasises scientific elements of the study course.

Students continue with their speech training and expand the knowledge that has been acquired during the previous Bachelor’s programme. Speech training is part of the module Speech (“Sprache”, semesters 1–2) that also comprises phonetic lessons in English.

During the 3rd and the 4th semester, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills (for instance Early or Contemporary Music) or to specialise (for instance Elementary Music Education).

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 15 November for the summer semester. 1 March to 15 April for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Master of Music
  • Teachers
Career perspectives

The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence and wish to specialize in concert singing. It enhances the artistic competence gained during the Bachelor’s course. The focus is on lieder interpretation and oratorio. Master’s graduates usually work free-lanced as soloists on the concert stage or aim for an engagement as a choir singer in a professional choir (like radio choirs).

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 (Concert Singing), 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  video according to the regulations of the study course you are applying for.

In order to take part in the aptitude test, please upload a single uncut video recording. 

The video recording must comprise

  • 1 oratorio/aria from the Barock era (Bach/Händel)
  • 2 lieder, one by Schubert

Play time of the video: 15 minutes max.

The performance can be with or without a répétiteur.

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 singing.

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:

  • five art songs from at least three eras,
  • one song cycle
  • five oratorio or concert arias, if possible with recitative, from at least three eras.

The works must be performed in the original language; at least three languages must be represented. 
One aria/song must date from the Baroque era and one from the 20th century or later.

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

Prof. Fionnuala McCarthy, Head of Vocal

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