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Requirements for the Conducting master’s program (Orchestral Conducting)

Master of Music / Conducting Orchestra

1. Preselection
For the pre-selection, a total of 2 uncut videos showing artistic presentations have to be submitted with the application. The total duration of the 2 videos should not exceed 20 minutes. The following requirements apply:

  • two conducted works from two different style periods of free choice. 2 uncut video.

Presence Examination
The presence examination includes the following parts:

  1. Artistic presentation: It is recommended to coordinate the program with Prof. Bohn in advance!

    a) Piano, melody instrument or voice: performance of three works from different style periods:

    • a first movement and a slow movement from a classical sonata by Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert (by heart)
    • one work of "Impressionism" (by heart)
    • one work of contemporary music by a living composer (by arrangement)

    b) Piano Performance:

    • prepared: Performance of a major opera scene from the piano score by arrangement; performance of a classical symphony movement from the score by arrangement.
    • unprepared: sight-reading of a presented score and a piano reduction.

    c) Conducting:

    • Fourth movement introduction and exposition from Brahms 1st symphony
    • Egmont overture from Beethoven

    After passing the tests of points a), b) and c):

    d) Work with an instrumental ensemble of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra:

    • L'apres midi d'un faune by Debussy in the chamber version for the association by Arnold Schoenberg. Rehearsal lasting up to 20 minutes.


  2. A brief reflective conversation related to the artistic presentation.

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

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