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.

  • Teaching form:

    Bachelor programme

  • Department:

    Composition, conducting and music theory

  • Pace of study:

    Full time

  • Credits:


  • Admissions:

    1 December 2023 – 15 January 2024

  • Application Code:

    To application (external web site) External link.

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 good knowledge of the Swedish language is a general entry requirement for first-cycle studies at KMH, but exemptions for this programme 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.

Application dates and deadlines

1 December 2023

Application opens at External link, opens in new window.. Please see our Step-by-step guide on how to apply.

15 January 2024

Application deadline and last day to rank your programmes and courses.

16–18 January 2024

An email is sent to the email address you entered on with instructions on how to submit your test to KMH including the link for uploading Test 1. See the test description for information on what to submit.

25 January 2024

14–20 February 2024

Results for Test 1 are sent via email. Passing applicants will receive information and invites to the next test.

9–17 March 2024

Entrance examinations during week 11.

12 April 2024

First notification of selection result. You must reply to keep your place/remain on the waiting list.

25 April 2024

Last day to reply to your offer and keep your place (applies to both admitted and applicants on waiting list). You do this on My pages on External link, opens in new window..

8 May 2024

Second notification of selection result.

26 August 2024

Introduction week and registration.

2 September 2024

Semester starts.