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MA Symphonic Orchestra Performance

The programme prepares you for an international career as an orchestra musician. With students and instructors from around the world, the programme is thoroughly focused on an international perspective. You can work with guest conductors and soloists at high artistic and educational levels: Gustavo Dudamel, Ariane Matiakh, Truls Mörk, Eva Ollikainen, Antje Weithaas and Christian Zacharias are some examples from recent years. As a student, you form the foundation for the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In the symphony orchestra and in different chamber music contexts, you and the other students work together for two years. By taking a long-term approach in various forms of ensemble, you have the opportunity to develop not only as an instrumentalist but also as a team player. An independent project is also included, where you choose a creative and artistic topic to delve deeper into. You will study in Artisten, a building full of artistic programmes and research in the middle of Gothenburg. The majority of the teachers in the programme are from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Opera. The programme offers good opportunities for collaborations and to establish contacts in the region’s rich music scene and gives you the opportunity to build an international network.

Video: Interview with alumni Francisco López Martín, flute

Contents of the programme

The Master's Programme in Orchestra Performance offers musicians the unique combination of highly focused orchestral training, music coaching and a wealth of opportunities to perform in concert. The main focus areas are:

  • Orchestral concert productions covering all periods from the Baroque, the Classical and Romantic periods through music of the late 20th century, and opera repertoire
  • Repertoire training
  • Interpretation
  • Individual coaching

 
Performance series

The orchestra performs nine subscription concerts annually. The concerts take place primarily in the concert hall at the Academy of Music and Drama but there are also some performances in other concert halls, like at Tivoli in Copenhagen, in Stockholm, Bergen, Malmö, Vara and Växjö.
In addition to preparing for these productions, the students play a full selection of orchestral repertoire with the orchestra and in sectional rehearsals led by musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony, as well as receiving individual lessons.

In-depth studies

Knowledge of period styles is part of the curriculum along with music and orchestra history, theory, analysis and ergonomics for musicians, so the students get a well-rounded experience of both repertoire studies and personal development.

The programme also offers opportunities for personal coaching in anticipation of orchestral job auditions. Audition master classes and workshops in performance psychology enable the students to hone their skills and techniques so as to successfully negotiate the competitive audition process. Career development and leadership training are also included in the programme.
Subjects on schedule

Concert production

The University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra does about twenty public concerts and performances each year. At least one of them is an opera with stage production.

Mock audition

Preparing for auditioning in a series of six mock-auditions per academic year is an important part of the programme.

Individual instrument

As a student you have 16 lessons/year to spend with a teacher of your own choice.

Examwork

The student completes an independent project at the master's level in which questions chosen by the student are explored using musical performance. The programme offers supervision throughout the study period. The completed project consists of musical performance documented through sound or video recording integrated with text.

Repertoire class

Each period you have repertoire-classes either in section or tutti.

Sectionals

Preparation rehearsals with teachers from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Göteborg Opera.

Chamber music

All students participate in at least one chamber music ensemble of their choice each semester. Following lessons with one of our teachers, the ensembles perform at a public venue or at the Academy.
There is an annual student exchange with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Read more about the exchange in 2012

Ergonomics

An important subject that is taught both in class and individually.

Practical information

Tuition fees etc

are charged from students from outside the EU/EES area
and Switzerland.

Applicants from countries within the EU as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will be admitted free of charge. Applicants from other countries will be charged tuition fees.

If you are a registered student at a Swedish university or University College at the time you submit your application, you won't have to pay any application fee.

Housing and living costs are to be borne by the individual students.

The programme is taught in English.

Degree

Upon completion of this full-time two-year programme the student is awarded a Master's degree.
A prerequisite for this Master’s degree is that the student holds a general or professional Bachelor's degree when starting the programme.

Statement of Purpose

The University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. The programme provides outstanding graduates from music programmes in Sweden and abroad with the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional orchestral training. The program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists and coaches.

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 10/27/2017
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