Master Concert (Classical Voice)
In the master's degree program in concert (voice), students acquire the prerequisites to work successfully as professional concert singers. In addition to the development of a profound vocal technique, the focus is on lied, oratorio, concert and vocal pedagogy.
Deepening one's own interests in the elective area
Students can deepen their interests in the area of contemporary music (in cooperation with IzM) and/or historical interpretation practice (in cooperation with the HIP department). The training in the central subjects of singing, concert repertoire, song interpretation and pedagogy is supplemented by a large elective area for deepening individual interests and skills, in which flanking events are offered in the areas of self-management, movement/health. Work on internal and external artistic projects is a central component of the training.
Networking, support and team teaching
The program is particularly committed to networking among the teachers of all modules in the interest of the students. Through different formats of teamteaching and through a close exchange between teachers and students, a personal and individual support of the students shall be achieved.
Through the development of comprehensive competencies, students are enabled to adapt to the constantly changing professional field and to successfully contribute to the changing cultural landscape as a soloist as well as an ensemble singer and to meet a wide variety of performance formats.
in 2011, the vocal department of the HfMDK was awarded the Hessian Excellence Prize for University Teaching.
Facts & Figures
Study and examination regulations
The Study and Examination Regulations (SPO) set out the framework conditions and regulations for your studies. They apply together with the General Regulations (for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes) or the SPoL (for teacher training degree programmes). All versions of the SPO for your degree programme (including earlier versions for students of previous academic years) can be found at Examinations.
Studien- und Prüfungsordnung für den Masterstudiengang Konzert (Gesang) (2021)
Admission to the master's degree program in concert (voice) requires a completed university degree at a university of music or a comparable university in Germany or abroad with voice as the main subject or a comparable degree, sufficient knowledge of the German language (for non-native speakers B2), ENT and a passed aptitude test.
ENT / Otorhinolaryngology report
- The ENT report must be issued by a specialist in phoniatrics and demonstrate the vocal physiological suitability for a singing course.
- The ENT report may not be older than six months at the time of application.
- If you are unable to submit the ENT report by 1 April, you must submit it by mail by 15 June.
- Foreign certificates are also accepted, provided you enclose a translation into German.
- If the circumstances require we might ask you to hand an phoniatric report in later.
Dates & Deadlines
Dates and Deadlines
General application deadline for the winter semester 2022/23
Aptitude tests for the winter semester 2022/23
Application deadlines in general
for the winter semester: 1.2. to 1.4. of the current year
In the aptitude test for the master's degree program Concert (Voice) 2022, a digital preselection will take place according to §11 of the aptitude test regulations.
For the digital preselection, the following must be submitted as a video as part of the online application:
- Name and self-introduction in a few sentences about the musical career and the motivation for the master's program
- Selection of 3 works of different styles from the program of the presence aptitude test to be submitted (see below)
The repertoire must be sung in the original language and in 2 other languages besides German. The oratorio arias may be performed with sheet music, songs must be performed from memory and may be presented with a playback piano accompaniment or without piano accompaniment, if applicable, provided that a répétiteur is not available during the audio recording.
Please upload your videos to a streaming platform of your choice (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Clouds, etc.). Videos must be able to be accessed without a password and streamed without downloading the file.
Please create one video file per work and submit the links to the videos with your online application.
We recommend starting under 28 in the master's degree program in voice.
The study program can only be carried out on the basis of good linguistic communication skills, therefore a good knowledge of German is a prerequisite for the study of voice.
The examination takes place in two attendance rounds of approx. 10 min each and can therefore extend over several days. In each round, the commission will select from the submitted repertoire. If the suitability seems possible in the first round, the candidate will be invited to the second round.
If the digital preselection is passed (see above), the candidate will be invited to the first round of attendance, which will be based on the full program, unchanged in terms of content.
In addition, it will be checked on the basis of records (academic achievements from the previous program(s)) whether Italian language skills are sufficient. If not, the Examination Board may impose a requirement to take additional Italian courses as part of the elective.
The further regulations for the aptitude test as well as the other admission requirements are governed by the aptitude test regulations of the University of Music and Performing Arts in their currently valid version.
Program to be submitted
Requirements for the master's degree in concert (voice)
A demanding program of approximately 40 minutes duration must be submitted, including
- 4 arias from oratorios, chamber cantatas or other concert literature, at least one of which must include a recitative,
- one opera aria (scenic)
- 6 songs
- A prepared prose text or a poem in German of a maximum length of 5 minutes, to be recited from memory
- An interview will take place in the presence rounds as determined by the examination committee.
- Oratorios and songs must be chosen from at least 3 eras; among them at least one aria by J.S. Bach, one by Mozart/Haydn and one composition after 1970 or a work of the 2nd Viennese School (This refers to those works composed (after 1908) by the Second Viennese School and its followers that are composed in a freitonal or dodecaphonic manner. In this sense, works composed before 1970 by Messiaen, Dallapiccola, etc. are thus also admissible); the operatic aria may be chosen at will. The repertoire must be sung in the original language and in at least 2 other languages besides German. The oratorio arias can be performed with sheet music, songs and opera arias must be performed from memory.
What do I need for the online application?
Proof of German language skills
Here you will find a list of required German language skills for all degree programs. Please check which of these requirements apply to your degree program.