BA in Orchestral and Choral Conducting

Aim of the program: To educate musicians who - with their performing skills, theoretical knowledge, and highly developed musical abilities - enrich and spread the Hungarian and European music culture.
Head of program: 
Prof. Dr. Tamás LAKNER
  • Program overview
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  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
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Degree
Bachelor in Orchestral and Choral Conducting
Duration of training
3 years (6 semesters)
Language of instruction
English
Deadline of application
07/15/2021
Next starting date
04/01/2021
Fees
Tuition fee: EUR 3,300/ sem.
Application fee: EUR 100
Registration fee:
Intake
Fall

Aim of the program: To educate musicians who - with their performing skills, theoretical knowledge, and highly developed musical abilities - enrich and spread the Hungarian and  European music culture. They can enrich the repertoire of musical knowledge with their sophisticated musical taste and are able to work in musical institutions, professional performing ensembles and in other occupations which require music education. The program enables students to combine training in choral conducting with vocal studies. It is an important part of the training to become familiar with rehearsal work. The choral conducting program includes foundation classes such as philosophy, aesthetics, art history, music history, acoustics and subjects like piano, chamber music, chamber singing as well besides conducting technique and style.

For a successful application please follow the steps below:

 

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. Once the application fee (EUR100) has been received, applications will begin to be processed.

 

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.

Parts of the entrance exam:

  1. Aptitude test
  2. Practical exam

 

1. Requirements of the aptitude exam

 

WRITTEN EXAM

Solfeggio – Music theory

  • notation of a two-part Baroque of Classic Viennese melody
  • development of a harmony exercise

 

ORAL EXAM

 

Piano

  • a piece by Bach

 

Singing

  • performance of an art song without music sheet (accompaniment provided by the committee)
  • performance and analysis of a freely chosen Hungarian folk song. The song should be performed from memory, striving for the appropriate performance style

 

 

Comprehension interview

During the interview, applicants display their ability to interpret texts, and their speaking and communication skills, as well as their career aptitude and musical literacy are assessed.

 

Assessment of the aptitude test: pass/fail

 

2. Requirements of the practical exam

 

WRITTEN EXAM

  1. Solfeggio
  • notation of one-part 20th century melody
  • notation of a two-part Baroque or classical Viennese style melody

 

  1. Music theory
  • notation of a harmony assignment based on dictation, or notation of a four-part chorale using scale degree notation
  • development of a harmony assignment

 

ORAL EXAM

1. Solfeggio

  • sight reading and singing diatonic melodies, with slight alterations and modulation to related key
  • singing, recognising sound sequences, intervals, harmonies and their translations by listening

 

2. Music Theory

  • harmonic exercises by dictation

 

3. Piano (all pieces must be performed without the use of sheet music)

 

  • an etude
  • a piece by Bach
  • a movement from a sonata composed in sonata form
  • a freely chosen piece

 

4. Singing

  • two songs of different style and character sung with piano accompaniment (accompaniment provided by the committee)
  • Singing and analysing 30 Hungarian or other freely chosen folk songs. The candidate must present the list of songs to the committee. The songs must be performed from memory, with the lyrics, striving for an appropriate singing style. In case of non-Hungarian folk songs, the sheet music must be provided for the committee.

 

5. Conducting practice

  • orchestral: based on individual preparation W. A. Mozart: A Little Night Music and F. Schubert “Unfinished” Symphony in B minor
  • choir: conducting a piece selected by the entrance exam committee after preparing on-site

 

6. Career aptitude interview

  • Speech and communication skills displayed during the entrance exam; assessment of presumed aptitude based on this
  • questions to assess musical literacy

 

PARTS OF THE ENTRANCE EXAM AND THEIR EVALUATION:

Assessment of the aptitude exam: “pass” or “fail”.

A maximum of 200 points can be achieved at the practical entrance exam, which is doubled.

 

Written exam: a maximum of 100 points.

- Solfeggio, harmonics, music theory 0-100 points

Those who do not achieve at least 50 points out of the 100 points obtainable in the written exam may not continue the entrance examination.

 

Oral exam: a maximum of 100 points.

  • solfeggio 0-20 points
  • harmonics and music theory 0-20 points
  • piano 0-15 points
  • singing 0-15 points
  • conducting practice 0-20 point
  • career aptitude interview 0-10 points

If the applicant does not have a language proficiency certificate, but on the basis of the oral entrance examination their language proficiency is sufficient to complete the relevant programme, the entrance examination committee may waive this criterion.

 

    1st semester
    Philosophy
    Music History
    Choral Conducting
    2nd semester
    Folk Music
    Solfeggio
    Conducting Practice
    3rd semester
    Human and Child Studies
    Compulsory Piano
    School observation (Choral)
    4th semester
    Developmental Psychology
    Acoustics, Music Informatics
    Transposing and Score Reading
    5th semester
    Social Psychology
    Aesthetic
    Ethics
    6th semester
    Practice with Répétiteur
    Voice Production Techniques
    Diploma Choir

    Ms. Beáta SERES
    University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts
    International Relations Coordinator
    E-mail: seres.beata@pte.hu
    English website of the Faculty