Ensemble Conductor

You can choose to take the audition at one level of the Academy:

You must choose either a) ensemble conducting or b) choral conducting.

Entrance examination for the master's programme

The entrance examination consists of the following elements:

1. Principal study

a) At the entrance examination in ensemble conducting the applicant will work on a secunda vista task with a proposed ensemble for example string quartet, woodwind quintet or brass quintet. The applicant has one hour of preparation without ensemble.

b) At the entrance examination in choral conducting, the applicant will work with two pieces of music. The choir will be very familiar with one of the music pieces. The applicant must conduct this piece of music one time all the way through without stopping, correcting or commenting. The other music piece will be at a rehearsal stage, where the choir knows the piece only a little. The goal is not to conduct a choir rehearsal where basic melody is taught but to work with a more advanced stages in the rehearsal process. The applicant may choose the order of the two tasks at the entrance examination. The music is sent to the applicant 4 weeks before the entrance examination.

The applicant must furthermore sing a song without accompaniment of his/her own choice (maximum 3 minutes). The song should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to use the voice as a tool in the instruction of a choir.

Both entrance examinations are supplemented with a short conversation that can be based on the entrance examination.

Duration of the entrance examination 30 minutes (45 minutes including voting and conversation).

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

2. Piano

The examination in piano is in two parts:

  • Piece chosen by the applicant (max length 10 minutes)
  • Sight reading of an piano piece (difficulty level of Sarastos aria ‘In diesen heil’gen Halle’ from Mozart’s opera ‘The Magic Flute’)

Duration of the aural training examination is 30 minutes incl. voting. 

The examination is censured by the main teacher in ensemble conducting and an internal censor. The performance will be awarded the grade of "pass/fail".

3. Aural training

Rhythm: A rhythm assignment containing polyrhythmical elements and Melody: A melodic assignment (for example a romantic song with accompaniment or an unaccompanied atonal voice from a choir piece)

Chord hearing: Analysis of a harmonic series

Playing from score:

  • For ensemble conductors: A melody written in alto or tenor clef
  • For ensemble conductors: A melody written in Bb or A tuning
  • For choral conductors: A simple choir score.

The applicant has 30 minutes of preparation.

Duration of the aural training examination is 15 minutes incl. voting. 

The examination is censured by the main teacher in ensemble conducting and an internal censor. The performance will be awarded the grade of "pass/fail".

Supplementary requirements

Applicants must document training in elementary conducting technique at a level similar to that of the Royal Danish Music Academy. (The course may be part of the curriculum for the qualifying education). Applicants must submit a video recording of 10 minutes duration of themselves at work conducting an ensemble or orchestra.

The decision regarding admission will be based on provided documentation for previous education, an evaluation of the submitted video recording, Furthermore the applicant’s skills in instrumentation, piano and singing are taken into consideration.