"Orchestral Playing" Master's Study Course


The "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course prepares graduates of music colleges in a practical and goal-oriented oder targeted manner for a career as an orchestral musician. The degree is offered by the four music colleges of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Prospective students can apply to Detmold Music College, the Robert Schumann College in Düsseldorf, the Folkwang University of the Arts or the College of Music and Dance in Cologne.

Application Forms

Standard Study Period

4 semesters

Start of the Course

At the beginning of the summer and winter semester

Admission Requirements

  • general university entrance qualification
  • degree from an institution of higher education in Germany or abroad (e.g. Bachelor degree) in the instrument for the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course
  • successful entrance exam at one of the participating music colleges

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course corresponds to the application deadlines for the four participating music colleges:

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam for the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course is held at the respective music college to which the potential student has applied. The works to be prepared can be found here:

Study Location

The majority of the modularly structured classes for the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course is held at the Orchesterzentrum|NRW in Dortmund. The main lessons and individual modules are taught at the respective music college.