Catholic and Protestant Church Music


Required for the entrance into this program is the successful completion of examinations in ear training , music theory, organ literature and improvisation, singing and choral conducting as well as an interview regarding the choice and perspectives of this area of study.

Further considerations are:


Examination requirements in the individual disciplines:

Theory/ Church Music

Dictation:   Intervals, triads, four voiced cadences in close harmony, one voice dictation in whole notes, one voice dictation with rhythm, rhythmic dictation, two voice dictation in whole notes
Fundamentals:  Realisation of a baroque figured bass, four voiced in close harmony

Sight singing:  A complex melodic line and the middle voice of a Bach chorale.

Organ Literature:

Playing of three works od different stylistic epochs, including one work of J.S. Bach

Choral and ensemble conducting
Study of a canon or two or three voiced Lied in all voices

Liturgical Organ Playing

Harmonization of simple GL- and EG-Lieder as well as their intonation

Singing:

Performance of three vocal works of different stylistic epochs.
Sight singing

Study


Study is divided into two phases.  The first (8 semesters) begins with an introductory period (SEP) of two semesters and introduces the basic elements of the entire realm of church music. Upon completion of comprehensive examinations the student of phase I is awarded the diploma.
For phase II (4 semesters) the student chooses areas of special emphasis. Also required is the writing of a thesis on an artistic-musicological subject.  Study entails individual lessons and examinations given by faculty commissions in central areas.  Upon completion the student is awarded the Masters Diploma.

Final examination for organ


At the latest in the seventh semester the student, under the guidance of his organ instructor, chooses the program for the final examination.  Students are encouraged to make their own suggestions.
The program must include the following:


Final Examination for phase II


At the latest in the seventh semester the student, under the guidance of his organ instructor, chooses the program for the final examination.  Students are encouraged to make their own suggestions.

A demanding program to be performed as a concert.  The program must include works of four different periods.  One work must be from the time of Bach, one must be from J.S. Bach.
One work must be chorale related.
The performance of the student’s own composition is encouraged.
The duration for non elective area of emphasis is 50 min.
The duration for elective area of emphasis is 60 min. and must also include one trio sonata (BWV525-530) or trio movement of J.S. Bach