You can choose to take the audition at several levels at the Academy:
The entrance examination consists of the following elements:
Principal study (duration: 30 minutes incl. assessment)
A list of repertoire for the entrance examination must be enclosed with the application form. The audition in the principal study consists of these three tests:
1st test: Set/self-chosen tasks, etudes, scales (duration: 15-20 minutes)
- All triads and scales to the full range of the harp.
- Bochsa: Quarante Etudes Faciles, Op. 318, Book 2, one of following etudes: nr. 31, 37 or 38
- F.J. Naderman: Sonatina nr. 7 Prelude and first movement
- Piece chosen by the applicant with a degree of difficulty similar to e.g. Sergiu Natra: Sonatina for harp - TO BE PLAYED BY HEART!
2nd test: Set task
A proposed task which is e-mailed to the applicant 7 days before the entrance examination takes place.
3rd test: Sight reading
Sight reading of a composition.
Duration of the entrance examination is 40 minutes (including assessment and tuning)
Three separate marks are awarded according to the 7-point grading scale. One for each of the above-mentioned tests. The test will be passed succesfully, only if the applicant has achieved a minimum mark of 02 in all of the three tests. 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.
The entrance examination consists of an audition in the principal study.
The applicant must perform:
- J. L. Dussek (1760-1812): Sonata in c minor
- Marcel Tournier (1879-1951): Etude de Concert – Au Matin
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. The entrance examination can end with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
Form, content and assessment of the examination
The entrance examination consists of a principal study audition, which is taken in two rounds. If you apply for the specialisation Soloist Artistic Research or Soloist with teaching qualifications (advanced level), there will also be a third round in your chosen specialisation. You can read about the different specialisations and the content of the entrance exams here.
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 second round ends with a five-minute conversation about the applicant's motivation for applying, career considerations, etc.. The conversation does not affect the grade but is used for mutual matching of expectations about the education.
The performance will be assessed according to the 7-point scale by the admissions committee.
Repertoire for the 1st round
You must offer the following repertoire for the 1st round:
- G. F. Handel: Concerto in Bb major (any version, any cadenza except Grandjany)
- P. Hindemith: Sonate (1939)
- Gabriel Pierné: Impromptu Caprice
From this list the internal examiners choose 10 minutes worth of music. The examiners' choices will be send to your email adress 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination.
Repetoire for the 2nd round
You must offer 50 minutes of self-chosen music which must contain works from at least 4 stylistic periods. At least one piece must be written after 1945. From this list the internal examiners choose 30 minutes. The examiners' choices will be send to your email adress 1 week before the 1st round of your entrance examination
Examples of works for the 2nd round:
- C. Ph. E. Bach: Sonata for harp
- M. Glinka: Variations on a theme by Mozart, E flat major (1822)
- L. Spohr: A Fantasia
- G. Fauré: Impromptu, Op. 86
- J. Jersild: Fantasia e Canto affettuoso from Libro d'arpa 2, or Pezzo elegiaco (1968)
- Claude Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (1915)
- Claude Debussy: 2 dances pour harpe chromatique (1904)
- B. Britten: Suite for harp, Op. 83