Conducting – Orchestral

The Bachelor's programme in Orchestral Conducting offers considerable podium time with professional ensembles, and a solid training in arranging, repertoire analysis, and music theory, as well as in the communicative aspects of the conductor's role.

As part of the Bachelor's programme in Orchestra Conducting, you will receive tuition from some of the main conductors working in Sweden today. Between them, they have many years of both practical and pedagogical experience sourced from around the world, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the diverse role of the conductor.

There are two separate programmes within the conducting department, Choir and Orchestral. Whilst practical conducting classes are separate, some courses are studied together by both the Orchestral and Choir conducting classes.

Please note that a knowledge of Swedish is a general entry requirement for Bachelors studies at KMH, but exemptions can be made.

Programme Content

During the programme you will work regularly with instrumental ensembles. The programme offers a combination of concentrated podium time, tutoring, and many opportunities to conduct concerts. As preparation for conducting the different ensembles, you will first get to rehearse the same repertoire with one or two pianists, all under the teacher's guidance. In individual lessons, you will study the technical and communicative aspects of conducting, work on score analysis, instrument knowledge, intonation and hearing skills, and rhythm exercises.

Studies also include supervised conducting of orchestras/choirs/big bands, seminars, and an independent assignment. Subsidiary subjects are: ear training, form analysis, instrumentation, score playing, harmony and counterpoint, plus other elective courses.

The studies are intended to develop your artistic and technical ability, to give you a good knowledge of repertoire, and to deepen your artistic insight.