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MA programme
in Symphonic Orchestra Performance

Intervju with alumni Francisco López Martín, flute

Francisco studied at the Academy of Music and Drama 2010–2013, is now working at the Göteborg Opera and was a multiple laureate at the 2015 ARD International Music Competition.

Alexander Hambleton (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Interview with alumni Alexander Hambleton 

French horn player Alex Hambleton studied at the Academy of Music and Drama 2011–2013. Now he has earned himself a permanent position at the Göteborg Opera. Read the interview with Alex.


The programme admits new students twice a year.
Further information concerning ongoing applications and auditions

Independent course as a preparation

You can apply for an independent course of 30 higher education credits (MVK960 and contiuation course MVK961), provided in collaboration with the orchestra master's programme.

The course admits new students twice a year. Next admission round is 15 September until 16 October 2017 for study start spring 2017. 
More information about the course "Interpretation for Orchestra Instrument/Piano"

Please note that the courses above require work samples. In order for your application to be complete, you must submit your material no later than the last application date for the course on www.universityadmissions.se. Work samples are sent to the academy's web system for digital work samples called DAP. Only work samples submitted to this web system are accepted.
Upload you work samples
Information about how to use our service for digital work samples can be found in our quick guide to DAP.

Piano within the Master's programme in orchestra playing

This part of the programme focuses on the pianist's role as a musical partner, accompanist and coach.
At the Academy of Music and Drama, a wealth of opportunities exist for working practically with instrumentalists from the programme for classical musicians and with singers from the programmes for opera and musical theatre.
There is also the opportunity of collaborating as an orchestral pianist with the orchestra belonging to the orchestra master's programme.
The practical side of the programme will be filled out by courses in playing from a score, transposing and sight-reading as well as studies of music theory.
Read about the entrance requirements, application and selection at the application information page.

About the MA orchestra programme

The Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (the National Orchestra of Sweden) have launched a unique twoyear Master's degree programme in orchestra studies. The students accepted to the programme make up an entirely new orchestra, the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra forms the foundation for this Master's degree programme for top-ranking students from all over Europe. The programme is organized in collaboration with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Göteborg Opera and the Opera unit at our Academy, in order to offer the basic repertoire of the professional orchestral musician.

Tuition fees

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.

  • Application fee: 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost: 352 600 SEK
  • First payment: 88 150 SEK

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.


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.

Practical information

Housing and living costs are to be borne by the individual students.
The programme is taught in English.

Programme outline

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.

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.

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

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

Concert programme autumn 2017

To the programme

Pictures from the orchestra project 23–27 May 2016

Conductor: Henrik Schaefer
Soloist: Amalie Stalheim, cello
Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Edward Elgar: Concert for cello and orchestra
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)Orchestra Project Don Juan and Pictures (Photo: Johan Wingborg)

Previous concert programmes

Concert programme 16/17

Concert programme 15/16

Concert programme 14/15

Concert programme 13/14

A German Requiem

The 15 November 2015 the University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra together with the Chamber Choir and the choir Vocal Art Ensemble performed Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem. With soloist Frida Hagman and Caspar Engdahl from the opera programme and Jan Yngwe as conductor

Artistic direction and Faculty members

Artistic direction
Conductor and viola player Henrik Schaefer is artistically responsible for the programme.

Faculty members
The main coaches for the students are the principal players from the Gothenburg Symphony. Many of them teach at the Academy of Music and Drama, and other Nordic music conservatoires. Members of the Opera orchestra are also engaged in the programme.

Complete staff list

Watch the video about the MA Programme in Symphonic Orchestra Performance

Contact Information

Master's Programme in Symphonic Orchestra Performance

Box 210, SE-405 30 GÖTEBORG

46 31 786 4030

Application information

Would you like to study at the Master’s Programme in Orchestra Performance?

Complete information

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 9/11/2017

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