Conductors of tomorrow need not only excellent classroom instruction in their training, but also a variety of practical opportunities that prepare them for their work with choirs and orchestras. At the HfMDK, students majoring in conducting are involved in the rehearsals and performances of the university ensembles. A large number of mentor-assisted projects prepare them for the stylistically diverse professional field. In addition, there are collaborations with numerous partner ensembles and institutions, both within and outside the university.
Our conducting programs serve to develop strong artistic personalities capable of rehearsing and performing even the most complex and demanding choral and orchestral works with technical and musical mastery.
Study programs and application information
Our graduates are able to develop independent, reflective and expressive interpretations based on the specialist knowledge and stylistic sensitivity of different genres and epochs that they have acquired during their studies. They have a precise conducting technique and a stylistically differentiated and expressive body language, which also enables them to accompany both instrumental and vocal soloists with confidence.
They assume responsibility, acquire analytical and organizational skills, and are able to communicate and assert their musical ideas clearly, efficiently in terms of rehearsal methodology, in a contemporary manner, and with pedagogical-psychological skill in dealing with ensembles of different sizes and levels.
Partners and projects
Conducting projects take place several times a semester in front of professional orchestras. Permanent cooperation partners of the orchestral conducting class include the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonie Neubrandenburg and the Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven.
For students majoring in choral conducting, a professional vocal ensemble is put together once a semester for a one-week rehearsal and concert period, the banda vocale frankfurt.
For both the church music students and the conducting majors, an additional conducting studio has been established in the summer semester of 2022, where students can gain regular rehearsal practice with a student orchestra in changing lineups. In addition, our students work regularly with the university's ensembles, both in rehearsals and in concerts.