Application possibilities

Registration is open only to students of a master's program from the following institutions:

  • Orchesterzentrum|NRW
  • Hochschule für Musik Detmold
  • Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
  • Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen
  • Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

Furthermore the registration is possible for students of:

  • Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC)
  • Royal Northern College of Music Manchester (RNCM)
  • Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
  • Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (FJC)

Alumni from the four state colleges of music of North Rhine-Westphalia are allowed to participate in the MCO Academy if the alumna or alumnus does not yet have an employment contract as a musician in a professional orchestra, or if she/he did not complete her/his degree more than two semesters before the start of the MCO Academy.


Students at the Orchesterzentrum|NRW
Students of the master's program "Orchestral Playing" have the opportunity to apply online. Please also send an application with a CV to

Students of the four state colleges of music of North-Rhine Westphalia
Students of another master's program of the four state colleges of music of North Rhine-Westphalia please send as application your CV to

Students from other institutions
All students who are not enrolled in one of the state colleges of music of North Rhine-Westphalia and would like to audition are asked to contact the administration of their institutions. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra doesn’t accept direct applications for the MCO Academy.


All auditions take place at Orchesterzentrum|NRW on May 7 and 8, 2018. You can find the schedule for the auditions here.

Please note that there will be no live audition for Harp. Students who would like to apply for Harp are kindly asked to send an unedited video file to Orchesterzentrum|NRW by May 2, 2018.

There will be further auditions in other countries. Therefore the results of the auditions on May 7 and 8 will be announced after June 15, 2018.