For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti

Orchestral and Choir Conducting admission requirements for BA and non-degree studies

In case of non-instrumental majors, tuition is only offered in English if there are a minimum of 3 international students admitted in a given year to the same major.
  • good aural skills
  • classical harmony studies 
  • playing the piano at least on a medium level

 

MAIN SUBJECTS

1. Orchestra conducting:

  • Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759

The pieces are to be performed from memory!

2. Choir conducting:

Renaissance


Romanticism

  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Mailied (Op. 41. No. 5.)
  • F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Die Nachtigall (Op. 59. No. 4.)


20th century

  • Zoltán Kodály: Zöld erdőben
  • Béla Bartók: Héjja, héjja, karahéjja


The candidate must have an indepth knowledge of the pieces from memory. The candidated will conduct and, if necessary, correct and rehearse with the choir present at the audition (sheet music can be used for this) – one piece from each of the above styles, chosen by the Entrance Examination Committee on the spot.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - ONLY FOR FULL-TIME BA STUDIES

a. SINGING

Performance of two art songs or folk song arrangements with piano accompaniment of contrasting character and style, with piano accompaniment - from memory.

The university will provide the piano accompanist, but the candidate may also bring one.

 

b. SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY

General requirements: in-depth understanding of the theory of classical harmony (diatonic and chromatic triads and seventh-chords). Writing and playing of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading (see rules of keyboard harmony); knowledge of Baroque and Viennese classical forms and genres.
 
1.) Written examination:
 
  • Writing out the outer voices and harmonies of a Baroque or classical musical excerpt (with scale degrees) after dictation
  • Realization of a chord sequence with scale degrees in four parts
  • Writing out a two-voice tonal musical excerpt after dictation
  • Writing out a monophonic 20th century or contemporary musical excerpt after dictation
 
2.) Oral examination:
 
  • Playing (on the keyboard) of four-part harmonic progressions in closed position with appropriate voice-leading.
  • Assessment of the applicant's knowledge of form on the basis of a detailed formal analysis of the musical pieces performed at the instrumental audition. Extra copies of the scores have to be provided by the applicant.
  • Sight-singing of a tonal melody in unison.
  • Recognition and singing of intervals, triads and seventh-chords on a given pitch.
 

c. PIANO AS COMPULSORY SUBJECT 

  • Bach: 2 pieces from the Three-part Inventions, or a prelude of fugue from the Wohltemperiertes Klavier,
  • A full sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven,
  • Two solo pieces – one has to be by Bartók or by his contemporaries

 

d. FOLK MUSIC

  • Informal conversation about the folk music of the candidate's country.