Application

Who can apply to the program?

You may apply to the CoPeCo programme as a

  • composer
  • performer
  • composer/performer

Applicants with at least a Bachelors degree in music or equivalent or in the final year of their undergraduate studies are eligible for the programme. In the latter case you may receive a conditional offer and enrol after providing evidence of your Bachelors degree.

The application procedure is in two stages.

Stage A: Application and Evaluation of Supporting Material

You will need to provide the following material in English and upload them here until 31st of January 2022!

1) Application form: Please fill out the application form and attach following documents:

- Bachelors Degree (180 ECTS) and Diploma supplement or equivalent
- Confirmation of enrolment & the expected graduation date*
- Transcripts & assessment requirements completed - so far as these relate to the course of study you have selected
- Proof of English language skills (B1): IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent

2) Proposal for the Masters Degree Project (Independent Project): The MDP (IP) proposal is the most important element of your application, and should relate to at least some of the key features of the CoPeCo programme: collaborative work, cross-disciplinary interaction, new technologies, improvisation and arts management.

3) Portfolio:

  • For composers: Please submit a portfolio of your scores and/or recordings (where scores are not applicable) containing at least three contrasting original compositions, with a total duration of at least 15 minutes. If you send additional texts to accompany the scores (for example an introduction or performance notes) please provide an English translation.
  • For performers: Please submit a portfolio of your recordings containing at least two contrasting performance excerpts with a total duration of at least 15 minutes.
  • For composers/performers: Please submit a portfolio containing at least one original composition, a recording of at least one performance excerpt and another work of your choice with a total duration of at least 15 minutes. If you send additional texts to accompany the scores (for example an introduction or performance notes) please provide an English translation.

NB! Please send all documents and materials in digital form uploaded here. Accepted file formats for digital submissions: PDF, mp3, mp4. In case of technical problems during uploading please contact: studium[at]hfmt.hamburg.de

4)  Motivation letter outlining your aims and goals for the CoPeCo programme.

5)  CV with a photo and details of your artistic and professional experience.

A panel of experts at your chosen institution will evaluate your proposal and portfolio and, if your application is successful, will invite you to attend an audition, the second and final stage of the application process. Please note that the uploaded material will also be visible for the admission panels of the other CoPeCo institutions!

Stage B: Auditions

After reviewing your submitted material, you will be invited for an audition with the jury. The audition will take place online around middle/end of February.

All auditions will be recorded, and if there are more successful applicants than study places the recordings will be evaluated by a joint international panel that will establish a final general ranking list for each category (composers, performers and composers/performers).

At the audition the panel will assess your artistic and technical skills, your stage presence and your interpersonal and interaction skills. You will be asked to present your work (20 minutes maximum): instrumental or vocal performance of a contemporary music programme of your choice (including your own pieces) and/or a presentation of the material you sent in your portfolio. Please organise your own accompanist if you need one during and fo the audition.

The audition will also include an improvisation test (either individual or group improvisation) and an interview, where you may be asked to discuss your proposal for the Masters Degree Project (Independent Project).