Orchestra musicians have to meet both particular and complex demands regarding genre (sinfonia, opera, operetta, musical etc.), cast and style of the works which will be performed (knowledge of interpretational characteristics ranging from Early Music to vanguard playing techniques of the newest compositions is expected). Therefore, it is necessary for the musician to possess a high artistic potential as well as the ability to work as part of an ensemble and to take up a subordinate role in a group (following a concertmaster, principal, conductor).
Instrumental excellence regarding playing techniques and interpretational skills is the fundamental prerequisite for a successful orchestra musician. Therefore, the Artistic Module (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul”, semesters 1–4) is the essential part of each semester. Ensemble playing from chamber music to orchestra playing in different contexts (university orchestra, practical period with a professional orchestra) is the pillar of the Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1–4). The core segment is supported by study fields such as audition training, concentration exercises and special playing techniques/secondary as well as historical instruments.
The Module Applied Music Theory and Musicology (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft”, semesters 1–2) has been aligned with the core area of the course.
The Master’s course is characterized by its highly practical component which leads directly to the practical period in the second half of the study.
During the 3rd and the 4th semesters, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills or to specialise.
APTITUDE TEST REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude test in main subject (supplement to the aptitude test regulations of Rostock College of Music and Drama)
Three or four short works of varying characters and advanced levels of difficulty from different eras to demonstrate stylistic assurance. Duration: approx. 10 minutes
A Mozart concerto or a comparable audition concerto and 5 orchestral parts from the DOV (German Orchestral Association) audition booklet Duration: approx. 10 minutes
This school offers programs in:
2 years, 120 ECTS
Bakkalaureus/Bachelor Degree (four years) in the same or related field or (foreign) equivalent