The master’s degree program in Classical Voice qualifies graduates to pursue a successful career as a professional concert and/or opera singer. Since a concert singer needs to be able to perform on the opera stage and an opera singer must be able to perform in the concert hall, students in this program may follow a particular focus but not to the exclusion of the other part of this professional field.
As well as attaining proficiency in vocal technique, students focusing on concert performance learn to interpret oratorio, Lieder and the concert repertoire in a manner appropriate to the musical style and the work. Those focusing on opera learn to be singer-actors and likewise to take account of the musical style and the work.
Vocal training is project-based and individual. Teaching staff work together closely, using formats such as team-teaching and open classes, and the program also includes cooperation with the theaters of the Hessian Theater Academy and concert organizers in the Rhine-Main area and regular auditions.
- Concert focus: the core subjects are Classical Voice, accompaniment, oratorio and Lied interpretation, and elocution supplemented by master courses and workshops in subjects such as mental training, special professionalization , physical training etc. Students with a special interest in historical interpretation practice have the option of attending classes in the program offered by the Institute for Historical Interpretation Practice
- Opera focus: the core subjects are Classical Voice, acting, accompaniment, and spoken dialogue supplemented by master courses and workshops in subjects such as mental training, special professionalization , physical training etc.
In 2011, the Classical Voice degree programs of the HfMDK were awarded the Hessian excellence prize for university teaching.
Study and examination regulations including study schedule
Degree program flyer
- Regular duration of study: 4 semesters
- Program begins: in the winter semester
- Degree: Master of Music (M.Mus.)
- Language: German
Applicants for the master’s degree program in Classical Voice are required to have completed a program of study as a Classical Voice major or a comparable degree at a music university or comparable further education institution in Germany or abroad. They must also have sufficient knowledge of German (for non-native speakers, level B2; certificate to be submitted at the latest by September 15 of the year of application) and pass an entrance examination.