The Master’s Degree Programme in Catholic Church Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
The Master’s programme takes four semesters and offers the opportunity to expand on the general degree programme. The course serves to enhance students’ knowledge of the most important disciplines in church music and follows on from the Bachelor of Music programme in Church Music.
Completing the Master of Music in Catholic Church Music qualifies students to take advanced positions as musicians in churches (formally an “A” level position in the German qualification system for church musicians). Additionally, the comprehensive qualification offered by the programme opens up a great many job opportunities for professional musicians.
The entrance examination is a practical performance test lasting approximately 20 minutes. The candidate is expected to demonstrate their ability on the organ, in chordal conducting, in improvisation and as a vocalist. Detailed information can be found in the Entrance Examination Regulations, particularly in section 5: Content Requirements and Examination Format.
Applications for this degree programme can be made to start in either the winter or summer semester. The deadline for applications is either 01/03 (to begin in the winter semester) or 01/10 (to begin in the summer semester) of each year.
As a postgraduate course, the Master of Music in Sacred Music expands on the knowledge acquired in a Bachelor’s Degree (or diploma). In the 3rd and 4th semesters of the programme, students are able to further deepen their knowledge of the material covered in one of the core modules, including choral conducting, orchestral conducting, conducting for children’s choirs, organ performance or liturgical organ playing.
Wolfgang Abendroth (Improv.)
Domorganist Prof. Dr. Winfried Bönig
Prof. Johannes Geffert
Prof. Margareta Hürholz
Otto Maria Krämer (Improv.)
Prof. Thierry Mechler
Chor- und Orchesterleitung
Prof. Reiner Schuhenn (Chor- und Orchesterleitung)
Fabio Mancini (Orchesterleitung)
Kinderchorleitung – Singen mit Kindern
Prof. Robert Göstl
Kirchenliedgechichte/Hymnologie - Deutscher Liturgiegesang
Prof. Richard Mailänder
Pfr. Dr. Marius Linnenborn
Prof. Gerald Hambitzer
The following organs are used at the University for practice and instructional sessions:
Cologne’s many churches have instruments of all types which are available for use outside of the University.