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Orchestral Playing (master's)

The four-semester master’s program in Orchestral Playing provides graduates of music conservatories with targeted, practical training for a career as an orchestra musician. The Orchesterzentrum-NRW is a joint institution of the four colleges of music of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is Europe’s first inter-institutional educational center for prospective orchestra musicians.

Detailed information about the sequence and contents of the program can be found in the module overview and descriptions of the module at the Orchesterzentrum Dortmund website (german).

Proficiency test

Candidates who wish to study Orchestral Playing must complete an artistic-musical proficiency test. The requirements for each instrument major are available at the Orchesterzentrum Dortmund website (german).

Proficiency in German

International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.

Commencement of studies and application deadlines

In the Orchestral Playing master’s program, studies can commence in the winter or the summer semester. The application deadline is March 1 (for studies commencing in the winter semester) and October 31 (for studies commencing in the summer semester). The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.


Applications must be submitted online, along with access to the online application portal Muvac. Further information can be found here (German).

Further Information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.

Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

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