Master's degree orchestra conducting

Programme details

Basically, working as an orchestra conductor who has to meet the complex requirements of the professional market (sinfonia, opera, oratorio, operetta, musical etc.) means to effectively take over leadership. The artistic-educational process can only be successful if it is moderated by a qualified artistic personality. A conductor’s persuasive power originates from an extensive theoretical knowledge (diversified repertoire analysis, knowledge about stylistic variety, instruments’ specifics etc.), well-grounded aural skills, expressive body language and a wide experience in dealing with orchestras and ensembles (e. g. during rehearsals and knowledge about group dynamics). The Master’s programme in Orchestra Conducting has been based on the Bachelor’s course and thus on the competence students have gained from its modules. Several segments will be covered in depths during the Master’s study. Knowledge expansion regards both the repertoire and study fields that had been introduced but not deepened during the first cycle. Furthermore, students may specialize in their preferred areas.

One crucial target of the study course is to emphasise practice-related components (rehearsals, practical working periods) and to enable students to work independently.

After all, the aim of the study course is to qualify graduates in such a way that they will be accepted by a professional market that has big expectations of conductors with regards to both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

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 Master’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 substantiated artistic, educational as well as social competence to master the challenge to work as a music director. One special educational goal is to prepare Master’s graduates to take over managerial functions.

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 winter semester 2021 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic

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

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


  • Presentation of W. A. Mozart's 2. finale from Le Nozze di Figaro (No. 15, 8th scene and 9th scene and 11th scene til the end) at the piano with vocal marking of the vocal parts

Conducting task

  • Johann Strauß: overture to Der Zigeunerbaron or alternatively Die Fledermaus with one or two piano/s
  • L. v. Beethoven: 9th symphony 4. movement until beat 216 (entrance of bass solo)

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 further information how and where to upload the videos till 11.05.2021. All videos have to be uploaded till 14.05.2021! 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 21.05.2021. The aptitude test takes place at 28.05.2021 at hmt Rostock.

It 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 (instrumenal ensemble) according to the hmt's aptitude test regulations ("Eignungsprüfungsordnung"). Additionally, foreign students have to pass a German proficiency test. 

Please prepare

  • Arnold Schönberg: Kammersinfonie Nr. 2 op. 38    


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 glaldy advise you personally!

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

N. N., Head of Conducting

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