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Requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Conducting (Orchestral Conducting)

Bachelor of Music / Conducting Orchestra

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 30 minutes. The following requirements apply:

  • A recording of a conducting (with or without pianist) of the introduction and exposition of Beethoven's Second Symphony. 1 uncut video.
  • A recording of the first movement of a piano sonata by Beethoven, of your choice, 1 uncut video.
  • Recording of an opera scene of your choice from the piano score, with simultaneous singing of the leading vocal part. 1 uncut video.

2. Presence Examination

The presence examination includes the following parts:

  1. Artistic Presentation:
    a) conducting: max. 15 minutes
    • prepared: Beethoven, 2nd symphony, 1st and 2nd movements.
    • prepared: Weber, Der Freischütz, overture

    b) Piano performance: three works from different stylistic periods, max. 15 minutes, including:

    • A 1st movement and a slow movement from a classical sonata by Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert
    • One piano piece by Debussy or Ravel
    • One piece composed after the year 1945

    After positively passed tests of points a) and b):

    c) Preparation of a large opera scene, singing and playing.
    d) Playing piano scores at the piano from sheet music
    e) Playing scores at the piano sight-reading, especially transposing instruments and old clefs
    f) Listening to intervals, major/minor distinction and chord combinations

  2. 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. Rüdiger Bohn


Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

Fon: +49.211.49 18 -0