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 1 December for the summer semester. | 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Master of Music
  • Teaching stuff
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 (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. 

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 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.
Applicants for the Master’s degree course in concert singing must prepare the following for audition:

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

Prof. Fionnuala McCarthy, Head of Vocal

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