The Choir Conducting programme at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music familiarizes students with general knowledge in music theory and music history and also the technique of choral conducting, the human voice, the theoretical and practical issues of sound and voice production and voice care, the history of choral art, the choral repertoire, the styles and their related knowledge of performing arts in the various specializations of choral art.
Certain personal qualities and skills are also necessary for conductors to conduct choirs, and acquire advanced conducting techniques. It is important to possess artistic sensitivity, advanced hearing and individual, well-trained vocal culture and proficiency in vocal chamber music.
The work of choral conductors belongs to the field of choral arts, which covers creating new ensembles, managing and conducting various types of choirs. Essentially, it is required that they manage the choirs artistic work continuously as well as in the longer term. Choral conductors can apply their theoretical, vocal and partly instrumental skills in the field of choral arts, and they are prepared to play an active and initiative role in cultivating Hungarys choral culture.
For more information please visit the programme website.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.
T.Morley: My bonny lass she smileth (The Oxford book of English madrigals)
G.Gastoldi: O ne vai si in fretta (The Oxford Book of Italian Madrigals)
C. Monteverdi: Quel augellin che canta (4th madrigal volume, Malipiero - complete edition)
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Auf dem See (Op. 41. No. 6.)
F.Liszt:Ave Maris Stella (a capella)
J. Brahms: Der Falke (Op. 93a Nr.5), Lieder und Romanzen series
F.Farkas: Bakonyi pártabúcsúztató (from the compilation entitled "Virág és pillangó")
Z.Kodály: Akik mindig elkésnek
The applicant is required to have a thorough knowledge of know these pieces, from memory. The candidate has to rehearse, conduct and correct a choir (sheet music can be used for this) performing one piece from each of the above categories, chosen by the examination committee.
1 baroque or classical composed song or aria chosen by the candidate.
1 romantic or 20th century composed song or aria chosen by the candidate.
1 composed song, or a folk song or an aria with piano accompaniment, chosen by the candidate.
The pieces are to be performed from memory, and in their original language. However, at least one piece in Hungarian is to be included in the program. A piano accompanist is provided by the Liszt Academy.
- J.S.Bach: 1 Prelude and Fugue from Wohltemperiertes Klavier or 2 movements of a cyclic piece (fast and slow)
- 1 movement of a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
- 2 performance pieces – one should be by a Hungarian composer (Bartók or one of his contemporaries)
4. Theory (written exam only)
- Bass harmonization: harmonization of a bass line consisting of cca 10 tones and notation of the chords by figures
- Analysis: formal analysis of an opening movement of a sonata from the stylistic circle of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas
- General musical studies:
a) Identifying 10 musical pieces: providing the name of the composer and the title, or at least identification of the era or style and genre.
b) Explanation and interpretation of 10 musical terms, concepts, titles of pieces, etc.
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