Music

Application “Orchestral Performance” (M.Mus.)


Amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the 2020/2021 winter semester:

In accordance with § 4 Section 1 of the Exceptions Regulations issued by the President's Office in the implementation of the Corona Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance (Official Notification No. 364), on 20th May 2020 the President's Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts has decided to adopt the proposal of Faculty 1 and make the following amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the Faculty 1 study courses:

Orchestral Performance, M. Mus.

Supplementary to the regulations laid down in the Framework Provisions for the Determination of Artis-tic or Course-specific Aptitude and Special Artistic Talent from 6th June 2018 in conjunction with § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the Orchestral Performance study course (M. Mus.) at the Orchestra Centre|NRW from 27th February 2019, the aptitude testing procedure for the instruments listed below will take place as a two-stage procedure.
The first stage will be digitally conducted and consists of the timely submission of applicants' own re-cordings by electronic means (video links).
The following subject-related regulations apply to the recordings of the respective instruments:

Violin

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording should consist of

 

1) two movements from one of the sonatas and partitas by J. S. Bach

2) the first movement with cadenza from a Mozart concerto 

3) a freely chosen piece.  

4) orchestral excerpts freely chosen 

 

Due to the current situation, the programme can also be performed completely solo.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- musical/stylistic arrangement

- tone quality 

- intonation

Viola

The recording should not be more than 3 months old, and everything can be recorded solo without piano accompaniment. The recording should consist of:

 

1) the cadenza to the first movement of the Concerto in D-sharp by F.A.Hoffmeister or C.Stamitz and 

2) the following orchestral excerpts from the Schott Probespielheft (audition booklet):

_a) page 19 Andante quasi allegretto from the 4th Symphony by Anton Bruckner

_b) page 29 Allegro Vivace from the Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo, Opus 61, by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

_c) page 40 Allegro molto con brio from Don Juan, Opus 20, by Richard Strauss.


The assessment criteria are:

- beauty of tone

- musical charisma

- intonation

- poise 

- temperament 

- technical development.

Cello

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording (duration of approx. 25 minutes) should consist of:

 

1) 1st movement from a major concert (e.g. by Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, etc.)

2) two contrasting movements from a suite for cello solo by J.S.Bach

3) three orchestral excerpts: 

_Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement

_Brahms, Symphony No. 2, 2nd movement 

_Mozart, overture to the Marriage of Figaro or Smetana, overture to "The Bat-tered Bride"

 

Due to the current situation, all the works can be performed solo.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- technical prowess (left hand: agility, intonation; right hand: tonal quality, bowing) 

- power of expression 

- stylistic differences

Flute

The recording should not be more than 3 months old. The recording (duration of 15 to 20 minutes) should consist of

 

1) a Mozart concerto on the flute, and 

 

2) a slow movement from a Mozart or Vivaldi concerto on the piccolo.

 

3) for flute 5 orchestral excerpts:

_Beethoven overture to Leonore or Eroica

_Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream 

_Ravel Daphnis

plus 2 excerpts freely chosen

 

for piccolo 3 orchestral excerpts:

_Rossini Semiramide or The Thieving Magpie

_orchestral excerpts from the symphonies of Shostakovich: 6, 8, 9 or 10

_an excerpt freely chosen

 

The assessment criteria are:

- technical and instrumental skills at the highest level

- stylistic confidence

- ambitious programme

- musicality

- stage presence

 

 

Clarinet

The recording should not be more than 6 months old. The recording (duration of 15 to 20 minutes) should contain

 

1) compulsory piece: a Mozart clarinet concerto, 1st movement

2) two other highly technically demanding freely chosen works from different stylistic periods (individual movements possible).

3) three orchestra audition excerpts:

- Mendelssohn, scherzo from "Midsummer Night's Dream"

- Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, movements 1, 2 and 3

- Kodaly, "Dances of Galanta" 

 

Due to the current situation, all the works can be performed solo.

 

The assessment criteria are:

- technically confident and sovereign mastery of the programme

- secure intonation

- tonal sophistication, colours, recognisably mature individual sound imagery 

- stylistic confidence

- musically outstanding, diverse arrangement

- "Stage presence": applicant able to create and maintain an atmosphere and use his own musically mature personality to the benefit of the (concert) ambience

- Recognisably well honed Mozart concerto (compulsory piece), secure in classical stylis-tics and phrasing as well as in the framework of this personal arrangement 

- Recognisably well honed presentation of audition excerpts (compulsory pieces): tech-nically and intonationally secure; arrangement clearly indicates knowledge of the work, from which the excerpts originate.

Trumpet

The recording should not be more than 6 months old. It should consist of

 

1) J. Haydn Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat major, 1st movement with cadenza

Due to the current situation, the work can be performed solo.

 

2) four orchestra audition excerpts:

_Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, 5th movement (1st or 2nd trumpet) 

_Donizetti – Don Pasquale 

_Mahler Symphony No. 5 - beginning 

_Stravinsky Petrushka - Dance  

 

The assessment criteria are:

- musically outstanding, diverse arrangement 

- stylistic confidence 

- technically confident and sovereign mastery of the programme 

- secure intonation 

- artistic personality

- Recognisably well honed presentation of the specified orchestral excerpts

 

If this first stage of the examination procedure is passed, the candidate is invited to the second stage.

The examination in the second stage of the aptitude testing procedure takes place with the candidate physically present as laid down in § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the "Orchestral Performance" Master study course.

Information on the contents of the aptitude test can be found further down on this page in the ‘Aptitude test’ section.


On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Application | Registration
For the study course “Orchestral Performance” you will need the following documents:

    • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the summer semester 2021 the form is open from 1. October (NEW!) to the deadline on 15. November and to start in the winter semester the form is open from 16. January (NEW!) to the deadline on 15. March)
    • CV/Résumé
    • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
    • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
    • Students: verification of student status
      Graduated students: Leaving certificate(s)
      (simple copy)
      When changing the university/study programme or resuming your studies
      (in each of these cases) on the same study cycle with the same main subject (instrument/voice): Transcript of Records of the previous studies (simple copy)
    • Receipt for payment of the application fee (bank statement)
    • If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information: http://anabin.kmk.org/anabin.html

    Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester) or November 15th (for the following summer semester).

    Application fee

    For your application a fee of € 50 is due.
    If you apply for multiple study courses simultaneously, the fee is € 50 for the first application and € 15 for every additional study course. The amount will be automatically calculated and shown to you in the application form.

    Aptitude test

    The aptitude tests for the winter semester usually take place in the first weeks of May and the aptitude tests for the summer semester usually at the end of January. Please note that you will have to be on site for the aptitude test.

    Please note that there is no aptitude test for the instrument "Horn" for the winter semester 2020/21.

    The scope of the aptitude exam is based on your instrument of choice.

    Details can be found here:

    Orchesterzentrum NRW

    Documents for enrolment

    • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
    • Proof of existing health insurance
    • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
    • Certified copy of your bachelor certificate (certified translation where applicable)
    • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
    • Proof of payment of the social contribution

    If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:

    Alexandra Kiene

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_4903-234

    Nadine Knobloch

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_4903-295

    Jennifer Schwarzer

    Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs | Fac. 1 & 2

    Email

    +49 (0) 201_ 4903-233