Master's degree in orchestral studies (percussion)

Entrance requirements

Bakkalaureus/Bachelor Degree (four years) in the same or related field or (foreign) equivalent

Programme details

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.

Skills and qualifications profile of the graduate

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.

Official lenghth of the programme

Two years, 120 ECTS-credits

Aptitude test requirements

Aptitude test in main subject (supplement to the aptitude test regulations of Rostock College of Music and Drama)

Studies or short solo works on

  • small drum
  • timpani
  • xylophone
  • two movements from one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites (marimba), approx. 15 minutes
  • Orchestral studies approx. 5 minutes
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 of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

A fee of 50 Euro will be charged for processing your application for admission. This must be transferred to hmt when you submit your application documents.


You will find more information about applications here

Application deadline for the aptitude test

May 1 for courses starting in the winter semester. 
December 1 for courses starting in the summer semester.

Course director

Prof. Henrik Magnus Schmidt      

Any other questions?

We will be happy to give you personal advice!

Frau Hanka Paschedag
Studienbüro Musik
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