Master's degree orchestra conducting

Programme details

In the Master's in Orchestral Conducting/Correpetition, the knowledge and skills acquired in the Bachelor's programme are deepened and expanded, and personal specialisations are taken into account. The focus is placed on the most important areas for starting a career in order to provide sufficient space for the preparation and implementation of application procedures at theatres.

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 C1 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.

Entrance examination requirements

Please apply via our application website  by uploading the required documents and application videos by 15th of April for the following winter semester and 15th of November for the next following summer semester.

1st round : Online procedure 
(ONE Video must be uploaded for each task )

Conducting task

J. Brahms: 1. Symphonie in c, 4. Movement (beginning till bar 118)

If possible, the piece should be conducted with two pianos. (A recording with orchestra is possible.) The applicants should be clearly visible from the front to allow observation of the number of pianos being played. Recordings without sound will not be considered.

Correpetition/Piano Excerpt Playing

W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Nr. 15 Finale 2. Akt Esci omai (start from entrance Antonio, Allegro molto)

The work is to be performed with vocal presentation (marking) of the vocal parts. 

Each video has to start with a short introduction (your name and your application number). 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.

You will receive an e-mail with the results of the 1st round of the entrance examination. If you have passed the 1st round, you will be invited to the 2nd round 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.

2nd round: Presence examination

The skill to proficiently communicate rehearsal content verbally is an important aspect of the examination assessment.

Conducting task

  1. W.A. Mozart: Don Giovanni, Nr. 2 Recitativo accompagnato e Duetto Ma qual mai s’offre, oh Dio
  2.  I. Strawinski: L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT Nr. 1 Introduction MARCHE DU SOLDAT

For part 1 of the presence examination usually takes place with piano(s). If possible, a singer will be available.
For part 2 of the presence examination, an instrumental ensemble is usually scheduled. Candidates have a rehearsal time of about 10 minutes for each of the two works.

Correpetition/Piano Excerpt Playing

  1. Prepared: With the invitation to the presence examination, applicants will be given a task for this part of the examination. The level of difficulty is based on works by R. Strauss (Rosenkavalier, Salome, Elektra, etc.) and R. Wagner (Tristan und Isolde, Meistersinger, Ring des Nibelungen, etc.). 
  2. Prima Vista performance from from musical theatre or/and choral symphonic works, as well as a short section of a score. Candidates should demonstrate their ability to present the essential content of the work excerpts presented to them in a musically meaningful way on the piano. A vocal performance of the vocal parts is not necessary.

 Additionally, the language test for foreign applicants takes place. 

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 Dörtje Peters
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 220
fax +49 381 5108 201

Head of Conducting: Florian Erdl

Visit our university information day in April!