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 15 November for the summer semester. 1 March to 15 April for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Master of Music
  • Teachers
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 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 two 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 application videos comprising the following content:


  • Presentation of W. A. Mozart's 2. finale from Le Nozze di Figaro at the piano with vocal marking of the vocal parts (Peters: No. 15, 8th scene and 9th scene and 11th scene till the end; Bärenreiter: No. 16, 6. till 8th scene and 10th scene till the end)
  • R. Strauss: Presentation of one of the following scenes with vocal marking of the vocal parts 
    „Der Rosenkavalier"  1.Akt  Beginn bis Ziffer 48, or „Elektra“: Mägde-Szene, or „Salome“: Juden-Quintett

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 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.  
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 (instrumental ensemble) according to the hmt's aptitude test regulations ("Eignungsprüfungsordnung"). 

Please prepare for a rehearsal with orchestra: 

  • Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in C-DMajor, D 944
    1st Movement: Introduction and Exposition fundamental movement (please rehearse)
    3rd Movement: the beginning (beat 1–56 )  and connecting passage to the trio (from beat 229); trio without repetition until the scherzo returns (please conduct)

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

Head of Conducting: Florian Erdl

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