Conducting student Hanna Ohlson Nordh conducts the KMH Symphony Orchestra at the opening concert in the Royal Hall 2017.

Conducting student Hanna Ohlson Nordh conducts the KMH Symphony Orchestra at the opening concert in the Royal Hall 2017. Photo: Mira Åkerman.


The study programmes in choral and orchestra conducting allow for regular work with vocal/instrumental ensembles.

The subject of conducting addresses the technical and communicative aspects of conducting orchestras, choirs and smaller ensembles. This is based on score analysis, instrument knowledge, intonation and ear training and rhythm exercises. Repertoires from different epochs are combined with collaborations with KMH's composition students and their teachers. Additional complement is four-part harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation, playing from scores and big band conducting.

Studies in conducting or ensemble management occur both in the conducting programmes at the Bachelor and Master level and as an important part of the church music and teacher education programmes.

Teachers in conducting

Among the KMH conducting teachers you find:

  • B. Tommy Andersson – professor of orchestral conducting
  • Katarina Andreasson – visiting professor of musical interpretation
  • Glenn Mossop – senior lecturer in orchestral conducting
  • Mats Janhagen – senior lecturer
  • Fredrik Malmberg – professor of choral conducting
  • Mats Nilsson – professor of choral conducting
  • Cecilia Rydinger – professor of orchestral conducting

and a number of hourly-paid lecturers.

Composing, Conducting and Music Theory Department Contacts

Composition, Conducting and Music Theory

Directors of Studies composition: Peter Danemo

Directors of Studies conducting and music theory: Anders Sjögren

Staff at the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory (Swedish) External link.

The conducting students' exercise ensembles

The KMH Vocal Ensemble conducted by a student.

The KMH Vocal Ensemble is KMH's most qualified exercise ensemble and primarily serves as instrument for conducting students at Master level. It consists of between 8 and 16 singers, as required. The singers are salaried, most of them also sing in other elite ensembles such as the Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

The KMH Instrumental Ensemble consists of KMH students from other study programmes. The ensemble varies in size from about 10-12 musicians (most often) and up to a maximum of 25-30 musicians at any particular occasion, such as graduation concerts. Students may also be invited to conduct the KMH Chamber Choir and the KMH Symphony Orchestra.

The ljudOljud Festival

is the KMH students' festival for new art music. It also provides an opportunity to take part in the conducting students' graduation productions, usually at Master level and often in new music created by KMH's composition students.

KMH Jazz Orchestra 2015. Foto: Mira Åkerman.