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Apply for MFA Symphonic Orchestra Performance

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

  1. Apply for the programme through www.universityadmissions.se 
    Application period: 2 December 2019 – 15 January 2020
  2. Mail with request whether you attend the admission tests or upload a video recording: Date will be published as soon as possible
  3. Mail with mandatory orchestra excerpts: Date will be published as soon as possible
  4. Deadline to complete your eligibility: 3 February 2020
  5. Upload your videorecording to SlideroomDate will be published as soon as possible (does not apply to applicants attending admission tests in Gothenburg)
  6. Admission tests: Week 8
  7. Admission decision: 3 April 2020 through My pages on universityadmissions.se

Admission tests

(The following applies to applicants starting their studies autumn 2020)

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 you.


Roll call will be carried out at the Academy of Music and Drama according to information in the notice to attend.

  • Ten minute solo performance with pieces from two distinct eras.
  • Required opera score (to be submitted approx. 3 weeks in advance).
  • Required orchestra score (to be submitted approx. 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 you.


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. We will ask you via mail whether want to submit a video recording or attend the auditions in Gothenburg after the last date for application. 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 applicant must be in focus with face, arms and instrument clearly showing
  • Compulsory concert must have piano included in the recording. The recording must be one take with no editing.

  • Compulsory excerpts have to be played in numerical order. The recording must be one take with no editing.


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.

  • Submit your portfolio

    Your portfolio material i submitted through our digital service SlideRoom: applyartsgu.slideroom.eu
    SlideRoom closes at midnight on the last submission day. After that it is not possible to submit your material. After you submit your portfolio, you will receive a confirmation email from SlideRoom.

    NOTE! Material you have uploaded to SlideRoom can no longer be edited or deleted.

    For the purpose of handling and reviewing work samples, we use an external service provided by SlideRoom Technologies Inc. By using the service, you agree that the University of Gothenburg may handle your personal data and material submitted via SlideRoom in order to evaluate your application for education. The material you upload remains with SlideRoom until you choose to remove it from their servers.

  • Eligibility and selection

    Entry requirements

    Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.


    Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests.

  • Scholarships

    Applicants who are citizens in countries outside the EU/EEA (or Switzerland), and who are required to pay tuition fees, are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Some scholarships will cover either the full cost of the tuition fees for the programme, or a significant part of that fee.

    Make sure that you read the application instructions carefully and that you understand when the application should be submitted (some scholarships require that you apply before you are admitted to the programme). 

    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.

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Contact Information

Maria Wigander

Programme Supervisor,

+46 31-786 40 69

Course Information

Read the programme syllabus

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 10/28/2019

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