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MFA Symphonic Orchestra Performance

About the programme

Programme start: August 2020
Application period: 2 december 2019 – 15 January 2020

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 central 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.

The language of instruction is English.

Artist in Residence: Isabelle van Keulen

Isabelle van Keulen (Photo: Magnus Gotander)Violinist Isabelle van Keulen has been invited to work as guest teacher at the Academy of Music and Drama over a three-year period. Read more about our Artist in Residence Programme. Photo: Magnus Gotander 

The Making of Dido and Aeneas

The Making of Dido and Aeneas – a documentary in 4 episodes about an unusual opera co-production between the following programmes: 

In the films we follow Sara, opera student from Sweden, Lisa, orchestra student from France, and Raphael, composition student from Hong Kong. The films start at the beginning of their joint project and ends with premiere day in december 2018.


Welcome to contact Maria Wigander, programme supervisor: maria.wigander@hsm.gu.se

Interpretation for Orchestra Instrument

This single subject course of 30 higher education credits prepares you for the MFA in Symphonic Orchestra Performance.

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

Read the programme syllabus

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.


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 MFA in Symphonic Orchestra Performance 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.

The way we study

The way we study in Sweden. Teri-Anne is a student at the University of Gothenburg. She takes us on a tour to visit some international students.

Practical information


The Academy of Music and Drama allocates approximately SEK 3,000,000 a year for scholarships. In other words, as a student you have many options to apply for scholarships.

Please note that applications for some scholarships have to be submitted before you receive notification of selection results (admission notification). Always keep track of application dates for scholarships, especially if you intend to use scholarships to cover your tuition fees.

More information about scholarships

Tuition fees

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 and application fees.

Contact tuitionfees@gu.se for more information.

Details about fees for this programme are made available during application period on the University of Gothenburg main website under Education/Courses and Programmes.

Housing and living

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

What is student accommodation like in Gothenburg? Join student Teri-Anne while she rings the doorbell at two of her friends' homes.

Welcome programme

A welcome programme full of events and activities where students are provided with practical information as well as getting to know other students.

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 6/9/2020

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-07