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This information concerns applications to the programme Master of Fine Arts in Music with specialization in Symphonic Orchestra Performance.

The programme admits new students twice a year. Admission rounds are generally open every year 15 September – 15 October as well as 1 December – 15 January.

Entrance requirements

Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent. Musical knowledge and skills are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.
General entrance requirements

Fees and scholarships

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.

The possibility exists for students obliged to pay fees to apply for scholarships to cover part of their fees and living costs. At present two scholarships are available at the Academy.
In connection with preliminary admissions, the opportunity will be offered of applying for one of these two scholarships (the scholarship will only be paid out on condition that the obligation to pay fees has been established).
The University of Gothenburg also has scholarships for students obliged to pay fees.

How to apply (valid for 2017)

You apply to the Master's Programme in symphonic orchestra playing
in several steps. You can see below how to proceed:

1) Application
Apply via www.universityadmissions.se (direct link).

After submitting your electronic application on www.universityadmissions.se, you must complete your application with certificates and diplomas of your completed bachelor's degree, ID documents and other documents. Detailed instructions can be found here. 
NB! You don't need to upload proof of your English language skills. Your English language skills are tested at the auditions.

NB! Please upload all your documents to your user account at www.universityadmissions.se. Your application will not be considered complete if any documents are missing.

Questions concerning the application should be made directly to www.universityadmissions.se: Helpdesk 46 (0) 771 550 720, weekdays 9 am to 4 pm or via their homepage.

2) Notice to attend audition and orchestra excerpts
About three weeks before the auditions, all applicants will receive an e-mail message with a personal notice to attend, as well as the relevant orchestra excerpts.

3) Cancellation
Notice of cancellation of participation in the auditions must be sent to utbildningsexpedition@hsm.gu.se. Please remember to cancel your application at www.universityadmissions.se

4) Auditions:

Auditions take place in Gothenburg 13–20 November 2017.

Orchestra instruments
Roll call will be carried out at the Academy of Music and Drama according to information in the Notice to attend. Each applicant will be allotted 15 minutes audition time (the opportunity of a run-through with a pianist is available 10 minutes before the audition).
The jury will make a brief intervju with the applicant.

Roll call will be carried out at the Academy of Music and Drama according to information in the Notice to attend.
These are the piano tests:

  • Ten minute solo performance with pieces from two distinct eras.
  • Required opera score (to be submitted 3 weeks in advance).
  • Required orchestra score (to be submitted 3 weeks in advance).
  • Performance task: you will have 15–30 minutes to prepare for a lied to perform together with one of the Academy's opera students.
  • At sight test.

The jury will make a brief intervju with the applicant.

5) Recording - NB! Does not apply to pianists
If you are unable to show up at the Academy of Music and Drama for an audition, you can provide us with a video recording instead.

If you choose to apply through a recording, you will receive an e-mail with the compulsory orchestra excerpts at the same time as the other applicants.

Requirements when recording a video:

  • The recording has to be of high sound quality
  • The video must be in the .mp4 video format

  • The applicant must be in focus with face, arms and instrument clearly showing

  • Compulsory concert, or other piece with piano, must have piano included in the recording. The recording must be one full take with no editing.

  • Compulsory excerpts have to be played in numerical order and recorded in one full take.

Work samples are sent to the Academy of Music and Drama's web system for digital work samples called DAP. 
NB! Only work samples submitted to this web system are accepted. Be sure to timely submit the material to avoid technical problems. That responsibility lies entirely on you as an applicant.
Go to DAP. Information about how you use our service for digital work samples you will find in our DAP guide for applicants.
Submission period: 27 October until 3 November 2017

Repertoire - NB! Does not apply to pianists

Audition repertoire lists for all orchestra instruments

For questions and further information about the auditions please contact us via the contact form on this page.

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Contact Information

Master's Programme in Symphonic Orchestra Performance

Box 210, SE-405 30 GÖTEBORG

46 31 786 4030

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

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

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