Conducting and Composition

Conducting and Composition

CONTACTS

Head of Programme: Univ. Prof. Mag. Dirk D'Ase
Johannesgasse 4a, 3rd floor — Room 3.08, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Mobile: +43 664 606 47 410
E-Mail: d.dase(at)muk.ac.at

Vice Head of Programme: Dr. Carolyn Hague
Mobile: +43 676 55 48 037
E-Mail: c.hague(at)muk.ac.at

 

TEACHERS

Conducting:

Univ.-Prof. Andreas Stoehr

Composition:

 

 

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dirk D'Ase
Wolfgang Liebhart, MA
Christian Minkowitsch

Instrumental Accompaniment:

Univ.-Prof. Denise Benda

Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio:

Dr. Carolyn Hague

Vocal Accompaniment for Opera:

Kristin Okerlund



Major Subjects

• Conducting
• Composition
• Instrumental Accompaniment
• Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio
• Vocal Accompaniment for Opera


Conducting

Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 8 semesters
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minimum age: 17*
Recommended age limit: 29

Non-Degree Programme
Duration: 2 semesters
No age limit

Master's Programme
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit

Certificate of Performance (CoP)
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit

 

Composition

Bachelor's Programme
Duration: 6 semesters
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minimum age: 17*
Recommended age limit: 30

Non-Degree Programme
Duration: 2 semesters
No age limit

Master's Programme
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit

Certificate of Performance (CoP)
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit

 

Instrumental Accompaniment
Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio
Vocal Accompaniment for Opera

Master's Programme         
Duration: 4 semesters
Degree: Master of Arts
No age limit

Certificate of Performance (CoP)
Duration: 2 semesters
Degree: Certificate
No age limit


* Admissibility is based on the applicant's age.

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS CONDUCTING

The admission exam consists of several sections, whereby passing the previous section qualifies applicants to participate in the next. The admission exam serves to ascertain the applicant's aptitude for the field of study, his or her command of fundamental knowledge in the area of music theory and aural training as well as skills in playing an instrument.


Conducting - Bachelor's Programme
The admission exam is an oral and written exam and consists of:

• Examination of aural abilities and rhythm
• Audition on piano (first movement of sonatas by L. v. Beethoven - except sonatas op. 14, op. 27/2, op. 49 and op. 79 -, etude with the difficulties of a Chopin Etude and one representative piece from the 19th and 20th century each)
• Prima vista playing and singing (Mozart operas)
• Conducting (the first movement of either L. v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, W. A. Mozart: Linzer Symphony KV425 or F. Schubert: the first movement of Symphony No. 3)
• Interview with the applicant

Proof of German language proficiency:
After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


Conducting - Master's Programme
The admission exam serves to ascertain the applicant's skills at the level of a bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in the same field of study from a postsecondary educational institution in Austria or abroad.
The prerequisites for admission to the master's programme are the successful completion of a bachelor's degree in the same field of study or an equivalent degree, the passing of the admission exam and the availability of a place in the program.

The admission exam serves to ascertain the applicant's skills at the level of a bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree in the same field of study from a postsecondary educational institution in Austria or abroad.

  1. Theory:
    • Examination of hearing and rhythm
  2. Piano:
    • Score sight-reading of the difficulty of a BA's degree in conducting
    • Accompaniment: 15-20 minutes of an opera act chosen by the applicant (highlighting the major cues of singers)
    • Piano performance (the first movement of a piano sonata of L. v. Beethoven - except for sonata op. 14, op. 27/2, op. 49 and op. 79 -, an etude in the difficulty of a virtuoso etude of Liszt, Rachmaninow or Chopin and a representative work of the 20th century)
  3. Conducting
    • The first movement of Beethoven's symphony no. 3, 5 or 6
    • The first movement of Brahms' symphony no. 1 or 3
    • The first movement of Shostakovich's symphony no. 1
  4. Interview


Proof of German language proficiency: After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".

 

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS COMPOSITION

Composition - Bachelor's Programme

The admission exam is an oral and written exam.

Written section
• Aural skills: melody and rhythm dictation, chords, detection of mistakes, cadences
• Theory: general music theory, fundamentals in composition theory, basso continuo, harmonizing a melody
• Continuing the start of a composition
Oral section
• Instrumental audition (two pieces chosen by the applicant, his or her own compositions preferred)
• Interview with the applicant and presentation of his or her own compositions

Proof of German language proficiency: After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".


Composition - Master's Programme

The admission exam consists of:
• Presentation and discussion of the applicant's own compositions

 

ADMISSION / ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS ACCOMPANIMENT

Accompaniment - Master's Programme

This programme is offered for three major subjects: Instrumental Accompaniment, Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio and Vocal Accompaniment
Opera: Pianists are trained as professional accompanists for instrumental concerts, as professional partners for singers or as operatic accompanists.

Proof of German language proficiency: After successful completion of the admission exam, applicants whose native language is not German are to furnish the Admissions Office with proof of their proficiency in German at the A2/B1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
More information can be found on the info sheet "Proficiency in German".
Instrumental Accompaniment

Section 1: Piano - Solo
• A virtuoso etude by F. Chopin or F. Liszt, C. Debussy, A. Skrjabin, S. Rachmaninoff
• A slow movement from a sonata by L. v. Beethoven
• An important composition of the degree of difficulty of a Chopin ballad or a piece from the era of C. Debussy up to contemporary period, published compositions roughly of the level of difficulty of Jeux d'eau by M. Ravel
Passing the first section of the admission exam is required to take the second section.

Section 2: Accompaniment
• A complete sonata for piano and a string or wind instrument (instrumentalists must be organised by the applicant)
• Prima vista playing: pieces from the repertoire of instrumental accompaniment chosen by the Board of Examiners (with or without instrumentalists)
• Prima vista singing of a simple piece of music with simultaneous accompaniment

Section 3: Interview


Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio

Section 1: Piano - Solo
• A virtuoso etude by F. Chopin or F. Liszt, C. Debussy, A. Skrjabin, S. Rachmaninoff
• A slow movement from a sonata by L. v. Beethoven
• An important composition of the degree of difficulty of a Chopin ballad or a piece from the era of C. Debussy up to contemporary period, published compositions roughly of the level of difficulty of Jeux d'eau by M. Ravel
Passing the first section of the admission exam is required to take the second section.

Section 2: Accompaniment
Two representative songs from different stylistic periods. Applicants must organise their own singers.
The following songs must also be prepared:
a) Gretchen am Spinnrad in D minor and B minor (F. Schubert)
b) Er, der Herrlichste von allen in E flat major and D flat major (R. Schumann)
c) Verborgenheit in E flat major and C major (H. Wolf)
d) Heimliche Aufforderung in B flat major, G flat major (R. Strauss)

Prima vista playing: pieces from the repertoire of vocal accompaniment chosen by the Board of Examiners Prima vista singing of a simple piece of music with simultaneous accompaniment

Section 3: Interview


Vocal Accompaniment for Opera

Section 1: Piano - Solo
• A virtuoso etude by F. Chopin or F. Liszt, C. Debussy, A. Skrjabin, S. Rachmaninoff
• A slow movement from a sonata by L. v. Beethoven
• An important composition of the degree of difficulty of a Chopin ballad or a piece from the era of C. Debussy up to contemporary period, published compositions roughly of the level of difficulty of Jeux d'eau by M. Ravel
Passing the first section of the admission exam is required to take the second section.

Section 2: Accompaniment
• Three representative arias from different stylistic periods including one by W. A. Mozart, one by G. Puccini and one chosen by the applicant. Applicants must organise their own singers.
• Prima vista playing: pieces from operas chosen by the Board of Examiners
• Prima vista singing of a simple aria with simultaneous accompaniment

Section 3: Interview

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