Requirements for the bachelor’s program in Conducting (Choral Conducting)
The following areas will be examined:
1. Piano playing: three works from three different style periods
2. Singing: a) 1 art song, b) 1 aria
3. Conducting: J. S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio Part 1, Nos. 6 and 7
4. Sightreading from a reduced piano score: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Elijah, No. 8 (Widow Scene) and No. 9 (Chorus: Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet)
All the tasks to this point should be prepared. The order of the specified categories and of the pieces for piano can be chosen freely.
In addition, sightreading ability will be tested:
5. Sightreading from full score: a) J. S. Bach: Chorale in early clefs (Bach-Bargiel), b) four-part choral score in modern clefs, c) sightreading a passage from a reduced oratorio piano score, d) Sightreading a passage from an oratorio from the full score.
6. Aural skills training – oral: a) recognition and naming of rhythms, b) recognition and naming of intervals and pitches, c) recognition and naming of harmonic sequences
7. Interview: a) questions concerning rehearsal methods, b) questions concerning technical aspects of conducting, c) questions concerning knowledge of the literature.
After successful completion of points 1–7 of the exam:
8. A rehearsal with the vocal ensemble of the RSH (content: a choral work from the a cappella literature).
The sheet music will be forwarded 4 weeks before the date of the proficiency test.
Prof. Timo Nuoranne