The activity of choral conductors holding a degree belongs to the field of choral art. It involves forming new ensembles, leading different types of choirs, actual conducting work. Basically it means to head and manage the artistic work of a choir in the long term with high efficiency. In choral work choral conductors can use their theoretical knowledge, their vocal and partly their instrumental abilities as well. They will be prepared to play an active role in the nourishing choral culture.
Besides general music theory and music history classes, the training will introduce students to the technique of choral conducting as well as to theoretical and practical issues related to the human voice, voice formation and maintenance, the history of choral music, repertoire, different styles and all the related know-how in all branches of choir music. Choral conducting and learning it at a high level requires personal skills, artistic sensitivity, having a good ear, knowledge of music and, most of all, the individual’s singing culture and knowledge about chamber music.
For a successful application please follow the steps below:
In all cases, the international relations coordinator forwards the application materials to the relevant admission committee. If the committee decides that on the basis of the application material the applicant should take an oral exam, the applicant will be interviewed in person or via Skype. A Skype interview will be conducted if the applicant's attendance is impeded and the examination committee offers them the opportunity to be interviewed via Skype. Applicants are given two possible dates for the interview, taking into account any time zone differences.
All credits are accepted if the applicant has a BA degree in Performing Arts, specialized in Orchestra or Choral Conducting, or has a university level degree (as per the Law Nr. 80 of 1993 on Higher Education) in Orchestral or Choral Conducting, or a college level degree in Music Theory and Solfège Teaching, Choral Conducting, or Wind Orchestra Conducting.
BA degrees that can be acceptable provided the applicant obtains certain credits include:
When prior studies are examined by the Committee for assessing the number of credits needed for admission, defined by the Law on Higher Education, it is a requirement that the applicant has at least 50 credits in Music Theory, Music History, and Solfège.
It is a condition of admission that the applicant has at least 20 credits in the above mentioned fields of study. Missing credits have to be obtained parallel with completing the courses of the MA programme within two semesters after admission, as per the study regulations of the Higher Education Institution.
In addition to conducting preliminary studies, piano skills are also required.
Ms. Beáta SERES
University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts
International Relations Coordinator
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