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Orchestral Instruments Bachelor


Changed admission procedure

Status 13.10.2023

For applications for the summer semester 2024, there will be a two-stage artistic admission procedure, consisting of a pre-selection and the entrance examination.

All further information on the procedure of the modified procedure, among others on the execution of the pre-selection, can be found further down on this page under the text section Admission Procedure in the Implementation Regulations.

Application periods and requirements

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, horn / French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani
Historical Instruments: Recorder


Application periods

15 Oktober – 15 November for the summer semester
15 March – 15 April  for the winter semester

Applications for flute are not possible for the summer semester 2024!


Entrance requirements

• special musical talent
• for international applicants: sufficient knowledge of German (language certificate German A2 for application and language certificate German B2 for enrolment)

your application - step by step

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.

  1. Register and verify your identity (if you have not already done so in the past) in the Campusmanagement-Portal of the UdK Berlin:
  2. Log in to the Campus Management Portal ( 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.

    ATTENTION: For some instruments a digital portfolio is required, which has to be uploaded on Bemus parallel to the application deadline. Other instruments do a pre-selection on-site in presence. Information can be found in the Implementation Regulations in the section Admission Procedure.

  3.    Information on transferring the amount of  30 €  to the following account:
      Kasse der UdK Berlin
        Berlin Volksbank
        IBAN: DE 72 1009 0000 8841 0150 46
        Reason for payment: 35/01036, course of studies, name, application number

        Berliner Volksbank eG
        Budapester Street 35
        10787 Berlin

        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.

Are you an applicant from the PR China, Vietnam or India?

Are there any formal documents missing from your application? Find out how to submit them here.

Admission procedure

What happens after the application?

The admission procedure consists of the preselection and the entrance examination. You will find information on the details of the admission procedure in the implementation regulations ("Ausführungsbestimmungen") for the Bachelor's degree programme Orchestral Instruments.

A Pre-selection - audition or upload of a digital portfolio via the UdK portal Bemus

The pre-selection is performed on the basis of the repertoire required for the entrance examination. The admissions committee listens to an excerpt of approximately five minutes from the prepared programme.
The pre-selection is passed by those who do not already show a lack of the special artistic talent required for this degree programme during the first assessment.
If you pass, you will be informed accordingly about the entrance examination.


There is no application procedure for the instrument flute for the summer semester 2024. Please refer to the ApplicationGuide of the UdK Berlin again for information on applying for the winter semester 2024-25.


For the instruments "historical instruments" (e.g. baroque cello, baroque bassoon, baroque oboe, baroque viola, baroque violin, basso continuo, recorder, lute/theorbo), bassoon, horn, oboe, trombone, drums, trumpet and tuba the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:

After the formal examination of the Registration and Examination Office, you will receive an e-mail with the exact information about the date, time and place of the entrance examination (in presence). Likewise, the date of the entrance examination will be communicated (usually on the same day or very soon). Who is allowed to take part in the entrance examination will be decided with the pre-selection.
Please prepare three complete works of different styles for the pre-selection. First-year students can also prepare individual movements.


For the instruments guitar, harp, clarinet, double bass, saxophone, viola, violin and violoncello the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:
For the pre-selection, samples of work (digital portfolio) must be submitted parallel to the application deadline (15 October to 15 November 2023).

Applicants for guitar, harp, clarinet, double bass, saxophone and violoncello should submit videos of three works of different styles. First-year students can also upload individual movements.

Applicants in viola submit videos of the following repertoire:

  • movement including cadenza (if any) from a viola concerto
  • an etude or caprice
  • one movement or a shorter work of your choice

Total duration at least 20 minutes, maximum 30 minutes

Applicants in violin submit videos of the following repertoire:

  • movement including cadenza (if any) from a violin concerto
  • an etude or caprice
  • one movement or a shorter work of your choice

Total duration at least 20 minutes, maximum 30 minutes

Information on uploading the digital portfolio:

Upload portal Bemus   

Login:                                  Please use the login name and password that you use when registering and applying in the campus management portal

permitted file formats:PDF (max. 50 MB), MP4, MOV, M4V (Video formats each 2 GB)
Max. Amount of files:4
Max. File volume6,05 GB


B Entrance examination

Those who have passed the preselection will be admitted to the entrance examination.
The entrance examination usually takes place at the end of the lecture period for the following semester in presence.
Contents of the entrance examination are:

a) Performance of three works of different styles, which must be fully prepared; first-year students may also prepare individual movements;
b) sight-reading (work sample);
c) Music theory (composition and aural training); duration: about one hour; in writing: recognition and determination of intervals, triads, seventh chords and their inversions, cadences as well as melodies and free tone sequences; knowledge of general music theory is assumed;
d) piano; duration: about 10 minutes; pieces of easy difficulty, such as J.S. Bach "Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena" or R. Schumann "Album für die Jugend", and
e) a short professional talk.

The parts of the examination mentioned under a., b. and e. last approx. 15 minutes in total. If necessary, only excerpts of the prepared programme will be listened to.


Orientation to the level of difficulty in the main instrument

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
Spohr: Fantasia
Hindemith: Sonata
and another piece of the applicants choice

All pieces have to be performed by heart.