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Master of Music -
Orchestral Playing

Springboard for young musicians.

The master's degree program in orchestral performance prepares graduates of music academies for a career as an orchestral musician in a targeted and practical manner. The majority of the modular instruction in the master's program "Orchestra Performance" takes place at the Orchesterzentrum|NRW in Dortmund. The main subject lessons and individual modules are taught at the respective conservatory. The Orchesterzentrum|NRW in Dortmund is the central institution of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for the training of professional orchestral musicians*. The courses of study are strictly oriented towards the requirements of orchestras and the music market and offer many direct links to professional practice.

If you have any questions about the study program, please contact:

Alexander Hülshoff | Artistic Director

Basic information

Degree Master of Music
Period of study 4 Semester
Course begin Sommer- und Wintersemester

Applications are submitted online via the muvac platform. All information on the procedure can be found on our application page. All information about the procedure can be found on our application page. The application deadline for the Master's program "Orchestra Performance" corresponds to the application deadlines for the respective programs at the four participating conservatories.

Admission requirement

  • Completed studies at a university in Germany or abroad (instrumental training) as well as the successful aptitude test at one of the participating music universities

Qualifying examination

The aptitude test for the Master's program "Orchestra Performance" takes place at the respective conservatory to which the prospective student has applied.

The Master of Music Wind Instruments program is divided into the following modules:

  1. Core module
  2. Artistic-practical context
  3. Elective module
  4. Master thesis/project

In the first two modules, the program focuses exclusively on deepening skills in the solo instrument. In the elective module there is the possibility to complement the profile from that of the university. The program is completed by the master's thesis/project.

You can find a list of our lecturers on the following page.


The current examination regulations, the module description and the module plan can be found on the homepage of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW under the keywords Study - Documents.

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