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Studying conducting at UiS

The University of Stavanger offers several conducting degrees and courses. Our Master’s and Extension studies programmes are open to all English speaking applicants. Our Bachelor’s and Digital conducting programmes are taught in Norwegian and are open only to Nordic applicants or students who can demonstrate adequate proficiency in the Norwegian language.

UiS is also the host of Norway’s largest conducting course – the “Conductor’s week” (“Dirigentuka” in Norwegian). This course is not a formal programme and is open to all applicants.

Students at Vigdel beach Students from UiS at Vigdel beach outside Stavanger - photo: Morten Berentsen

Master in conducting - 120 ECTS, 2 years

The University of Stavanger offers a conducting degree as part of our Master in music performance program. The main focus is on conducting wind band and brass band, but the students will also conduct and work with orchestral repertoire. Proficiency in English language is a prerequisite for non-Nordic applicants. Auditions take place in Stavanger in week 10 each year (mid March).

Audition requirements

  • At-home test: All applicants must submit a full score and a complete set of parts in PDF format (sent by e-mail) to UiS at the latest one week before the audition. The piece must be the applicants’ own instrumentation for wind band of an assigned (short) piano piece. The piano piece and a detailed instrument list will be sent to the applicants approx. in week 5 (early February).
  • Performance audition on your own instrument. The applicant can choose the repertoire. Approx. 10 mins. UiS provides piano accompaniment. The piano parts should be submitted to UiS with the application.
  • Interview where we may ask the applicant to play selections of the audition repertoire/scores on the piano, we may also discuss interpretational topics, analysis and also discuss the motivation and goals of the applicant.
  • Conducting audition.
    Round 1: Percy Grainger, ed. Frederick Fennell: Lincolnshire Posy (mvts. 1, 2, 5 and 6) and the applicants’ own instrumentation assignment.
    Round 2: The repertoire for round 2 will be announced approx. in week 5 (early February).


Ensemble conducting II (“Ensembleledelse” in Norwegian) – 30 ECTS, 1 year

This is a part-time course (50%) under our Extension studies in music performance program, and should normally be combined with one of our other 30 ECTS courses to create a full-time, 1 year study. It can, for example, be combined with either chamber music or main instrument courses. Proficiency in English language is a prerequisite for non-Nordic applicants. Auditions take place in Stavanger in week 10 each year (mid March).

Audition requirements

  • Interview where we may discuss interpretational topics, analysis and also discuss the motivation and goals of the applicant.
  • Conducting audition:
    Percy Grainger: Irish tune, Percy Grainger, ed. Frederick Fennell: Lincolnshire Posy (mvts. 1, 2, and 6).
  • Interview


Conductor’s Week

The Conductor’s Week (in Norwegian «Dirigentuka») is Norway’s largest and most popular conducting course. We host over 100 participants and a teaching staff of 15-20 acclaimed conductors. The course is available to international participants. 
The Conductor’s Week is a result of a collaboration between the Norwegian Band Federation and the University of Stavanger’s Department of music and dance.

Application deadline for this course is May 1st and the application system will open approx. Feb. 1st. The course is always in Stavanger in mid-August.
Apply via the Norwegian Band Federation web site: http://musikkorps.no/conductorsweek/

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/conductorsweek


Bachelor in conducting - 240 ECTS, 4 years
Digital conducting studies – 30 ECTS, 1 year

Our Bachelor’s and Digital conducting programs are taught in Norwegian and are open only to Nordic applicants or students that can demonstrate proficiency in the Norwegian language.
Read more on our Norwegian web pages www.uis.no/dirigent

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