Organ and Church Music

You can choose to take the audition at several levels of the Academy:

THE BACHELOR PROGRAMME

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

* The secondary main subject test in music theory consists in 4 part harmonization of a modulating choral melody in four phrases

Principal study

A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form. The audition in the principal study consists of the following tests:

1st test: self-chosen tasks, censor-chosen tasks and chorale

Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to:

  • Buxtehude: Prelude, fugue and Ciacona in C major, BuxWV 137
  • V. Lübeck: Prelude in E major
  • J. S. Bach: Prelude and fugue in C major, BWV 545
  • F. Mendelssohn: Sonata in C minor
  • C. Franck: Prélude, fugue et variation
  • P. Hindemith: Sonata II

A list of 5 shorter works from various stylistic periods (e.g. chorale with melismatic c.f., simpler trio movement). The external examiners select 1 piece of which the admission candidate is notified 3 weeks prior to the entrance examination.

A previously prepared chorale with pedal from 'Den Danske Koralbog' played with prelude and performed as:

  • choral playing (1 manual + pedal)
  • melody playing (2 manuals + pedal)

2nd test: Set task

A proposed task which is which is emailed to the applicant 7 days before the entrance examination takes place with a degree of difficulty similar to Franz Tunder: Prelude in G minor (Bechmann 2), Buxtehude: Ein feste Burg, BuxWV 184, or J. S. Bach: Prelude and fugue in E minor, BWV 533

3rd test: Sight reading

Sight reading: An organ composition without pedal, and one of the more easy chorales with pedal

Prima vista harmonization: The applicant is given a 2-period chorale, the first period with 4-part har­monization, the second with melody alone which must be harmonized on the spot (with pedal)

Assessment

3 separate marks are awarded according to the 7 point grading scale. 1 in each of the above-mentioned test. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in the principal subject examination. If the applicant passes the principal study audition, he or she then takes further examinations in supporting subjects. These examinations are identical for all Bachelor programmes.

Master's programme in church music

The entrance examination consists of a audition in repertoire playing and liturgical playing.

Repertoire playing: The applicant should perform a programme of his or her own choice of 20 minutes duration.

Liturgical playing: The entrance examination in liturgical playing contains the following:

  • 1 hymn with prelude and following modulation
  • Transposition of hymn to a given key (½ a note or 1 note up or down from the original key and max. 4 key signatures.)
  • Improvisation: Partita on a given hymn melody (approximately 5 minutes)

For the liturgical part of the examination the applicant is given one hour preparation. The applicant is responsible for contacting the Academy for information concerning the technical specifications of the organ for the entrance examination (disposition etc.)

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale.

Master's programme in organ

The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study.

Applicants should prepare a program of not more than 30 minutes, including a major work of J.S. Bach. Other works should be of contrasting styles and periods, and should include at least one lyrical and one virtuosic selection.

The program should reflect the applicant’s breadth of knowledge of the organ repertoire, and their highest technical and musical achievements. If the applicant is skilled in improvisation, a five-minute improvisation may be part of the program.

Duration of the entrance examination max. 20 minutes (30 minutes including assessment).

The entrance examination is censured by two internal censors and a grade is awarded according to the 7 point grading scale.

Advanced postgraduate (soloist) programme

Application fee

When you apply, you must pay a fee of DKK 500 into the following account:
Bank identification no.: 3001, account no.: 640 3727. Remember to always state your name – otherwise we can't see who has paid in the money.

For international transfers: 
SWIFT code/BIC: DABADKKK. IBAN no.: DK92 3000 0006 4037 27. Remember to include your name.

Form, content and assessment of the examination

The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds.

In the first round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 20 minutes' duration. An admissions committee will award the performance the grade of "pass/fail".

If you pass the first round, you will continue to the second round, which will be held as quickly as possible after the first round. The two rounds may be held on different days.

In the second round, you will be asked to perform a programme of 30 minutes' duration. The performance will be assessed according to the seven-point scale by the adminissions commitee.

Repertoire for the examination

The applicant chooses the repertoire, always subject, however, to the following rules:

  • Playing the same work at both rounds is not allowed.
  • The works performed in the two rounds must together cover at least 4 stylistic periods.
  • At least one work at one of the two rounds must be written after 1945.

Examples of the type and degree of repertoire:

  • A major work from the organ literature before J.S. Bach
  • J.S. Bach: a major prelude (toccata, fantasia) with fugue, or passacaglia and fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • J.S. Bach: a trio sonata for organ
  • A major romantic work for organ (e.g. J.P.E. Hartmann, F. Mendelssohn, C. Franck, or M. Reger)
  • A major work by a recent or contemporary composer