Entrance Exam Requirements for Master Programme of Performing Arts


  • Pianist
  • Organist Guitarist
  • Cellist
  • Flautist
  • Oboist
  • Clarinetist
  • Horn Player
  • Trumpeter
  • Percussionist
  • Opera Singer
  • Oratorio and Song Performer
  • Choir Conductor


Entry requirements:   

  • BA degree in suitable instrumental / vocal area                                
  • English language proficiency
  • entrance examination

Application Process:

  1. The applicant  will submit application materials for the major and the marked subjects in DVD format. If the Admission Board finds that application materials satisfy application requirements, materials the applicant may take the exam of the other subjects.
  2. The exam of the other subjects (solfege, theory of music, folk music) is via administered video conference. The applicant will be notified about the date and time of the exam.

Compulsory subjects:

Written test in Solfege

  • notation of an about eight-bar long two-part Viennese Classical quotation (the tune may contain alterations and/or modulation)
  • notation and naming of 10 intervals on various lower notes, which are given
  • notation and naming of 10 triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished triads in root position and in inversion) on various lower notes, which are given
  • notation of a one-part fragment from a 20th or 21th century piece of music

Oral exam in Solfege

  • sight-singing of a one-part vocal excerpt from a Baroque/Classical/Romantic piece ( the tune may contain alterations and/or modulation)
  • singing 10 folk songs by memory from the candidate’s country, introducing the songs’ characteristic and ethnographic features; the list and the sheets of the songs must be brought by the candidate

Written test in Theory of Music

  • notation of the soprano and bass (outer parts) of a Viennese Classical excerpt and indicating the chords by numbers (about 8 bars)
  • The formal and tonal analysis of a Classical movement given to the candidate at the exam

Oral exam in Theory of Music

  • Playing typical 18th century harmonic progressions on the piano and/or recognising them by ear


Major subjects: DVD

Performing Art – Classical Piano  

  • a prelude and fugue from any volume of  Das Wohltemperiertes Klavier by J. S. Bach
  • a complete Viennese Classical (or Schubert) piano sonata
  • a Romantic piece of greater volume
  • a Romantic, virtuoso etude
  • a 20th century piece for piano

Performing Art – Classical Organ  

  • a piece for organ by a composer preceding J.S. Bach
  • J. S. Bach: A Prelude, Fantasy or Toccata and Fugue
  • an organ sonata by J. S. Bach
  • a Romantic concert piece
  • a 20th century piece for organ

Performing Art – Classical Cello  

  • two etudes of different character from the following volumes:

    • D. Popper: Hohe Schule des Violoncellospiels
    • J. L. Duport: 21 Etudes
    • A. Piatti: 12 Caprices
    • A. F. Servais 6 Caprices
  • from J. S. Bach’s Suites a Prelude or two dance movements
  • a slow and a fast movement of a concerto
  • a concert piece, possibly virtuoso

Performing Art – Classical Guitar  

  • a complete Bach suite, sonata, or partita
  • a concerto
  • two pieces chosen by the candidate from eras different from the ones above

Performing Art – Classical Flute  

  • a concerto
  • a character piece
  • an etude for advanced technical skills

Performing Art – Classical Oboe  

  • two etudes of different character
  • a fast movement of a concerto
  • a slow and a fast movement of a Baroque sonata
  • a character piece

Performing Art – Classical Clarinet  

  • 1 movement from J. S. Bach Adaptations of Violin solo Sonatas (Delecluse)
  • a piece from Paganini’s 14 Caprices clarinet adaptations
  • a modern etude (Perier, Ruggiero, Zitek etc.)
  • a concerto (by memory)
  • a 20th century or contemporary solo piece

Performing Art – Classical Saxophone  
Two free chosen pieces from the following list:

  • Creston : Sonata
  • Muczynski: Sonata
  • Hindemith: Sonata
  • Ryo Noda’s pieces
  • Luciano Berio : Sequenza VII/b és IX/b
  • Glazunov : Szaxophone concerto
  • Ibert: Concertino da camera
  • Dubois: Concerto
  • Smith : Fantasia
  • Désenclos : Prélude, Cadenze et Final
  • Bozza : Caprice en forme de Valse
  • Yoshimatsu : Fuzzy Bird Sonata

Or pieces of similar difficulty.

Performing Art – Classical French-horn

  • 1 Classical horn concerto with cadence (complete work)
  • 1 piece chosen by the candidate (from any era)
  • compulsory etudes: O. Franz: Nr. 1 Concert Etude and Maxime-Alponse: Volume V. Nr. 8.

Performing Art – Classical Trumpet  

  • 2nd etude by Charlier
  • a Classical trumpet concerto with own cadence by memory
  • one piece from the following list:
    • Tomasi: Concerto 1st movement or
    • Jolivet : Concertino 1st movement or
    • Honegger : Intrada, or
    • Böhme: Concerto in F minor 1st movement or
    • Brandt: Concert piece No. 1. or
    • Brandt: Concert piece No. 2. or
    • Francaix: Sonatina or
    • Telemann : Concerto in D-major or
    • L. Mozart : Concerto in D-major or
    • Fasch: Concerto in D-major

Performing Art – Classical Percussion  

  • a piece for marimba with 4 sticks
  • a piece for snare drum and kettle drum
  • a multipercussion piece chosen by the candidate
  • a pair of movements from J. S. Bach’s works composed for violin and cello chosen by the candidate
  • a piece chosen by the candidate

Performing Art – Classical Voice (Opera Singer)  

  • 1 Baroque or preclassical opera aria
  • 1 Classical opera aria
  • 2 Romantic opera arias
  • 1 modern song or aria

At least one of the arias should contain a recitativo secco or a recitativo accompagianto. Performing an Italian aria is compulsory, the rest represent the most colorful language palette.

Performing Art – Classical Voice (Oratorio and Song Singer)  

  • 3 songs in different style and character chosen by the applicant
  • 1 Baroque oratorio/ mass/ cantata aria
  • 1 Classical oratorio/ mass/ cantata/ or concert aria
  • 1 Romantic or modern oratorio/ mass/ cantata aria

Performing Art – Choir Conductor

  • Conducting three optional choral pieces in different style and character chosen by the applicant:

    • 1 motet from the Renaissance or Baroque period
    • 1 Romantic choral composition
    • 1 contemporary choral composition

One of the compositions must be an accompanied piece. The applicant has to conduct a choir, conducting recorded music or piano music is not acceptable.

  • Performance of three piano pieces or movements by memory: DVD

    • a piece by J. S. Bach (three-part invention or prelude and fugue)
    • a sonata-form movement from the Viennese Classical period
    • a Romantic piece or a piece composed by a 20th-21st century composer

Updated: 2019.08.28.

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