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BA in Orchestral and Choral Conducting

Aim of the program: To educate musicians who - with their performing skills, theoretical knowledge, and highly developed musical abilities - enrich and spread the Hungarian and European music culture.
Head of program: Prof. Dr. Tamás LAKNER

Bachelor in Orchestral and Choral Conducting
Duration of Training
3 years (6 semesters)


Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 3,300/ sem.
Application fee: EUR 100
  • Description of the program
  • Description of the training
  • Application procedure
  • More information

Aim of the program: To educate musicians who - with their performing skills, theoretical knowledge, and highly developed musical abilities - enrich and spread the Hungarian and  European music culture. They can enrich the repertoire of musical knowledge with their sophisticated musical taste and are able to work in musical institutions, professional performing ensembles and in other occupations which require music education. The program enables students to combine training in choral conducting with vocal studies. It is an important part of the training to become familiar with rehearsal work. The choral conducting program includes foundation classes such as philosophy, aesthetics, art history, music history, acoustics and subjects like piano, chamber music, chamber singing as well besides conducting technique and style.

Academic Level/Type
Language of instruction: English

For a successful application please follow the steps below:

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. Once the application fee (EUR100) has been received, applications will begin to be processed.

In all cases, the international relations coordinator forwards the application materials to the relevant admission committee. If the committee decides that on the basis of the application material the applicant should take an oral exam, the applicant will be interviewed in person or via Skype. A Skype interview will be conducted if the applicant's attendance is impeded and the examination committee offers them the opportunity to be interviewed via Skype. Applicants are given two possible dates for the interview, taking into account any time zone differences.

Parts of the entrance exam:

  1. Aptitude test
  2. Practical exam

1. Requirements of the aptitude exam


Solfeggio – Music theory

  • notation of a two-part Baroque of Classic Viennese melody
  • development of a harmony exercise



  • a piece by Bach


  • performance of an art song without music sheet (accompaniment provided by the committee)
  • performance and analysis of a freely chosen Hungarian folk song. The song should be performed from memory, striving for the appropriate performance style

Comprehension interview

During the interview, applicants display their ability to interpret texts, and their speaking and communication skills, as well as their career aptitude and musical literacy are assessed.

Assessment of the aptitude test: pass/fail

2. Requirements of the practical exam


  1. Solfeggio
  • notation of one-part 20th century melody
  • notation of a two-part Baroque or classical Viennese style melody
  1. Music theory
  • notation of a harmony assignment based on dictation, or notation of a four-part chorale using scale degree notation
  • development of a harmony assignment


1. Solfeggio

  • sight reading and singing diatonic melodies, with slight alterations and modulation to related key
  • singing, recognising sound sequences, intervals, harmonies and their translations by listening

2. Music Theory

  • harmonic exercises by dictation

3. Piano (all pieces must be performed without the use of sheet music)

  • an etude
  • a piece by Bach
  • a movement from a sonata composed in sonata form
  • a freely chosen piece

4. Singing

  • two songs of different style and character sung with piano accompaniment (accompaniment provided by the committee)
  • Singing and analysing 30 Hungarian or other freely chosen folk songs. The candidate must present the list of songs to the committee. The songs must be performed from memory, with the lyrics, striving for an appropriate singing style. In case of non-Hungarian folk songs, the sheet music must be provided for the committee.

5. Conducting practice

  • orchestral: based on individual preparation W. A. Mozart: A Little Night Music and F. Schubert “Unfinished” Symphony in B minor
  • choir: conducting a piece selected by the entrance exam committee after preparing on-site

6. Career aptitude interview

  • Speech and communication skills displayed during the entrance exam; assessment of presumed aptitude based on this
  • questions to assess musical literacy


Assessment of the aptitude exam: “pass” or “fail”.

A maximum of 200 points can be achieved at the practical entrance exam, which is doubled.

Written exam: a maximum of 100 points.

- Solfeggio, harmonics, music theory 0-100 points

Those who do not achieve at least 50 points out of the 100 points obtainable in the written exam may not continue the entrance examination.

Oral exam: a maximum of 100 points.

  • solfeggio 0-20 points
  • harmonics and music theory 0-20 points
  • piano 0-15 points
  • singing 0-15 points
  • conducting practice 0-20 point
  • career aptitude interview 0-10 points

If the applicant does not have a language proficiency certificate, but on the basis of the oral entrance examination their language proficiency is sufficient to complete the relevant programme, the entrance examination committee may waive this criterion.

Ms. Beáta SERES
University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts
International Relations Coordinator
English website of the Faculty