Orchestral Instruments Bachelor
Artistic instrumental training in the Bachelor's degree programme Orchestra Instruments is offered for the following instruments:
String instruments: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, concert guitar, harp
Wind and other orchestral instruments: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani
Historical Instruments: Recorder
15 Oktober – 15 November for the summer semester
15 March – 15 April for the winter semester
• special musical talent
• for international applicants: sufficient knowledge of German (language certificate German A2 for application and language certificate German B2 for enrolment)
All steps mentioned in the following must be taken within the application deadline of the respective study program. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible within the application deadline so that you can clarify any questions that may arise with our StudyGuide in good time.
- Register and verify your identity (if you have not already done so in the past) in the Campusmanagement-Portal of the UdK Berlin: https://my.udk-berlin.de
Log in to the Campus Management Portal (https://my.udk-berlin.de) and submit an application for admission to the desired degree program there within the application deadline and upload the following formal documents in a PDF file (max. 20 MB) to the application portal during the application process:
● Detailed CV in tabular form incl. information about previous studies
● Bank statement as proof of payment of the fee of € 30 for processing the application (in case of transfer from abroad proof of payment) or turnover view (in case of online banking). Other proofs/receipts (such as transfer orders) are not accepted.
● International applicants must also provide proof of their German language skills: language certificate German A2 for application and language certificate German B2 for enrolment. You can find more information here.
● Transfer students from other univercities must enclose proof of previous study and examination achievements. You can find more information here.
Information on transferring the amount of 30 € to the following account:
Kasse der UdK Berlin
IBAN: DE 72 1009 0000 8841 0150 46
BIC: BEVO DE BB XXX
Reason for payment: 35/01036, course of studies, name, application number
Berliner Volksbank eG
Budapester Street 35
For international bank transfers:
Please make sure that you pay all applicable transfer fees (OUR - sender pays costs) when making the transfer.
More information about application fee could be found here.
All applicants who have applied on time with the complete documents will receive an invitation to the entrance examination with the binding dates and further information by e-mail
Contents of the entrance examination:
• Main instrument:
Performance of three works of different styles (except violin), which must be fully prepared. First-year students can also prepare individual movements.
• Sight reading
• Music theory (harmony and ear training); duration: approx. 1 hour; written test: identifying intervals, triads, seventh chords including inversions, cadences and melodic sequences. Good knowledge of general music theory is expected. Partial exams in harmony and ear training have to be
passed. Sample tests can be found here:
https://www.udk-berlin.de/universitaet/fakultaet-musik/institute/institut-fuer-musikwissenschaft-musiktheorie-komposition-und-musikuebertragung/musiktheorie/downloads/ (see "Studiengang KA")
• Piano; duration: approx. 10 minutes; Pieces of a lower degree of difficulty, e.g. J.S. Bach’s “Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena“ or R. Schumann’s
“Album für die Jugend“.
Recommendations for the degree of difficulty (main instrument)
• Wind instruments and other orchestral instruments including percussion
Flute: One of the three completely prepared pieces has tobe a concerto (e.g. by Mozart, Stamitz, Reinecke).
Recorder: Preparation of three pieces of different styles (early Baroque, High Baroque and Avant-garde).
Oboe: One of the three chosen pieces has to be a concerto (e.g. Mozart, Lebrun or others).
Clarinet: One of the three chosen pieces has to be aconcerto (e.g. Mozart, Weber or others).
Bassoon: One of the three chosen pieces has to be aconcerto (e.g. Mozart, Weber or others).
Trumpet: Among the chosen pieces one has to be of thedegree of difficulty of a concerto by H.F. Hummel or a sonata by Hindemith.
Trombone: One of the chosen pieces has to be a concertowith piano accompaniment, e.g. Concertino in B-flat major by E. Sachse, Concerto in B-flat major by F. Gräfe or Aria-Andante, Allegro, Moderato by E. Paudert.
Saxophone: One of the chosen pieces has to be a concerto (e.g. Glasunow, Milhand).
French horn: Among the pieces prepared one has to be taken from the First Viennese School (Mozart, Haydn) or one of the two horn concertos by R. Strauss.
Tuba: Presentation of two pieces of the candidate’s own choice.
Kettledrum and Percussion: the level of education onthe kettledrum, side-drum and one of the Mallet instruments (vibraphone, xylophone, marimbaphone) is tested.
Violin: Presentation of four pieces of different styles; one of the pieces has to be a first movement (“Kopfsatz”) of a concerto and one etude or a capriccio. Transfer students who have already studied 4 semesters have to prepare the complete works including all the movements.
Viola: 1. One concerto (first movement)
2. Three movements of a Bach suite, BWV 1007-1012 or something similar
3. One etude
4. One piece of the candidate’s own choice
The examination program has to include a slow movement.
Cello: Among the chosen pieces have to be 3 movements of a solo suite by J. S. Bach, one concerto or one sonata of the degree of difficulty of Boccerini, Saint-Saens, or Lalo, one etude by Duport or Popper.
Double Bass: One of the chosen pieces has to be a sonata by De Fesch or another work of similar degree of difficulty.
Guitar: Among the chosen pieces has to be a larger work of the candidate’s own choice of the 19th or 20th century as well as one or several movements of a Suite by J.S. Bach, one technically demanding etude (e.g. Villa-Lobos, Dodgson, Coste, op. 38, or Sor).
Harp: the recommended programme is C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in G
and another piece of the applicants choice
All pieces have to be performed by heart.