Master's degree in orchestral studies (percussion)

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.

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
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Career perspectives

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.

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 2020/21 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic

Round 1:
Please submit video recordings comprising the following works:

1 etude for snare drum (classics), by your choice, e.g.

  • Heinrich Knauer No. 6 from "Praktische Schule für kleine Trommel"
  • Bent Lylloff "Arhus Etude"
  • Mitchell Peters No. 7 from "Advanced Snare Drum Studies"

1 short orchestral part for snare drum, by your choice e.g.

  • N. Rimsky Korsakov, one movement from "Sheherazade"
  • S. Prokoffief "Peter and the Wolf"
  • M. Ravel "Alborada del grazioso"

1 orchestral part for xylophone or carillon, by your choice, e.g.

  • E. Humperdinck "Hansel and Gretel"
  • P. Hindemith "Chamber Music No. 1"
  • A. Glasunov "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor"
  • P. Dukat "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (1. passage)

1 Etude for timpani, e.g.

  • Jacques Delecluse Etude No. 29
  • Heinrich Knauer Etude No. 70

1 orchestral passages for timpani, by your choice, e.g.

  • L. v. Beethoven 9th Symphony


Round 2:
Candidates who have successfully passed round 1 will be invited to take part in round 2 which takes part between 29th June - 2nd July. If possible, the candidates give a live performance in the hmt Rostock. Otherwise, a presentation via Zoom will be arranged comprising a personal talk and a short presentation according to the candidates' logistical and acoustical possibilities.





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.

Any other questions?

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

Prof. Henrik Magnus Schmidt, Head of Percussion

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