The entrance exam consists of a practical and a theoretical part. You will have to be successful in both parts in order to secure a place.

Practical section entrance exam

You prepare a programme of ca. 20 minutes of which about 15 minutes will be played during the exam. The works on the programme should be chosen from several style periods and serve the aim to evaluate your musicality, technical ability, level of stylistic knowledge and affinity with the performed repertoire.

The following programme or similar pieces should be prepared for the audition:

  • J. S. Bach, a French or English suite or a Prelude and Fugue from WTC 1 or 2
  • A few movements from a French suite by a 17th or 18th century composer
  • A 17th century Canzona, Ricercare or Toccata or a work by one of the English Virginalists
  • A short sight-reading test for basso continuo test (the committee will provide the music)
  • A short improvisation on a well-known bass (e.g. Folia) or in the style of a Prélude non mesuré may be requested

Theoretical section entrance exam
The theory section consists of:

  • a written hearing test
  • a written test in general music theory
  • an individual practical solfège test

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