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: Mattias Petersson
Directors of Studies conducting and music theory: Anders Sjögren
The conducting students' exercise ensembles
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.