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Requirements for the bachelor’s program in Conducting (Choral Conducting)

Bachelor of Music / Conducting Major

1. Preselection

For the pre-selection, a total of 3 uncut videos showing artistic presentations have to be submitted with the application. The total duration of the 3 videos should not exceed 45 minutes. The following requirements apply:

  • Conducting subject: Recording of a self-conducted piece from a choir rehearsal or from a concert or from a recording with piano (excerpt max. 15 minutes). 1 uncut video.
  • Piano: two piano pieces of your choice, without repetitions (max. 15 minutes). 1 uncut video.
  • Singing: one aria and one song of free choice (max. 15 minutes). 1 uncut video.

2. Presence Examination

The presence examination includes the following parts:

  1. Artistic Presentation:
    a) Piano performance:
    •  Prepared: three works from 3 different style periods of free choice.

    b) Singiong:

    • prepared: 1 song of free choice
    • prepared: 1 aria of free choice

    c) Conducting:

    • vorbereitet: prepared: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio Part 1, Nos. 6 and 7

    d) Piano score playing:

    •  prepared: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Elijah, no. 8 (widow scene) and no. 9 (chorus: Blessed is he who fears the Lord)

    e) score sight-reading:

    • Unprepared: a section from a polyphonic choral score.

    f) sight-singing:

    • unprepared: a section from a given choral piece

    g) Colloquium

    • Questions on rehearsal methodology, conducting aspects and literary studies.

    After positively passed tests of points a) to g):

  2. Work with the RSH vocal ensemble: rehearsal lasting up to 20 minutes. The content of the piece is a choral work from the a capella literature. The sheet music will be sent approx. 4 weeks before the date of the qualifying examination.

  3. A short reflective talk related to the artistic presentation.


The examination board reserves the right to make a selection from the prepared pieces.

After passing the presence examination:
Written exams in music theory and aural skill training.


Prof. Timo Nuoranne
Prof. Dr. Martin Berger


Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

Fon: +49.211.49 18 -0