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Bachelor of Music -
Orchestral Conducting

Multi-talented and tactful.

The course of study "Bachelor of Music Orchestra Conducting" is oriented towards classical conductor training. On the basis of an intensive study of scores, the conducting technique is taught as a prerequisite for the ordering of musical sequences and is deepened for the artistic expression of one's own interpretative ideas.

The repertoire includes works of symphonic music as well as those of musical theater. Additional training in piano, piano reduction and score playing as well as in singing thoroughly prepare students for a possible career in the theater. However, in cooperation with other teachers, it is also possible to receive impulses from the fields of early music, new music, or even work with choirs or amateur ensembles.

The conducting class works with a professional orchestra at least once a semester and presents the result as a concert in the college's concert hall.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the appropriate contact person(s).

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Music
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Orchesterdirigieren
Continuing study options Master of Music Choral Conducting, Master of Music Conducting Musical Theater
Impressions from the study program
Orchester auf der Bühne mit Dirigent.
Orchester und Dirigent vor Publikum im Kölner Dom.
Orchester und Dirigent vor Publikum im Konzertsaal am Standort Köln.
Orchester auf der Bühne mit Dirigent.

Applications are submitted online via the muvac platform. All information on the procedure can be found on our application page.

Admission requirements

  • General university entrance qualification or a comparable university entrance qualification
  • Proof of a TestDaF 3 language certificate for non-German-speaking applicants
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Qualifying examination

The aptitude test takes place in two parts:

  1. Artistic-practical examination (duration approx. 30 minutes)
  2. Written examination in aural training and composition (duration approx. 4 hours in total)

Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, especially in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the test.

The program is divided into a basic study period (1st and 2nd year) with a high proportion of compulsory modules and a differentiated main study period (3rd and 4th year).

The structural framework is formed by 7 main modules:

  1. Core module
  2. Artistic-practical context
  3. Education
  4. Mediation
  5. Professionalization
  6. Bachelor thesis / Interdisciplinary project
  7. Supplement

Dirigieren Orchester

  • Prof. Alexander Rumpf, Dean Department 2 – Köln
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Portrait Prof. Alexander Rumpf
Prof. Alexander Rumpf
Dirigieren Orchester
Dean Department 2
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln