Master's degree in orchestral studies (harp)
Orchestra musicians have to meet both particular and complex demands regarding genre (sinfonia, opera, operetta, musical etc.), cast and style of the works which will be performed (knowledge of interpretational characteristics ranging from Early Music to vanguard playing techniques of the newest compositions is expected). Therefore, it is necessary for the musician to possess a high artistic potential as well as the ability to work as part of an ensemble and to take up a subordinate role in a group (following a concertmaster, principal, conductor).
Instrumental excellence regarding playing techniques and interpretational skills is the fundamental prerequisite for a successful orchestra musician. Therefore, the Major Specialism module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul”, semesters 1–4) is the essential part of each semester. Ensemble playing from chamber music to orchestra playing in different contexts (university orchestra, practical period with a professional orchestra) is the pillar of the Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1–4). The core segment is supported by study fields such as audition training and performance skills.
The module Applied Music Theory and Musicology (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft”, semesters 1–2) has been aligned with the core area of the course.
The Master’s course is characterised by its highly practical component which leads directly to the practical period in the second half of the study.
During the 3rd and the 4th semesters, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills or to specialise.
- 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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The Master’s course aims towards educating artists who are able to work as orchestra musicians and meet the various expectations of the professional market. The programme has been designed in such a way as to include all essential fields of study while providing sufficient space for the qualification in the main instrument.
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.
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, you need to submit 2 application videos with the following content:
Please peform one solo concerto and one solo piece of high degree of difficulty.
List of representative works:
Solo Concerts (playing time 10 minutes max.)
- E. Ginastera
- R. Gliér
- C. Debussy (Danses)
Solo Pieces (Guideline) (playing time 10 minutes max.)
- G. Fauré: Impromptu
- B. Britten: Suite
- L. Spohr: Variationen
- A. Ma’ayani: Toccata
- C. Salzedo: Variationen
- H. Renié: Legende
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. The video should be positioned left from the player so that face, hands and feet are visible, sheet music should not block the view.
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.
We look forward to your application.
A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.
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