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New Master's Programme in Organ and Related Keyboard instruments (120 credits)

This new Master’s Programme will focus on the organist as a solo and chamber music artist! The programme will give both breadth and depth to organ soloists and is open for those with a bachelor’s degree in music.

This Master’s programme is aimed at those who are interested in continuing their organ studies at an advanced level in order to work as a soloist or chamber musician on the organ and its related keyboard instruments.
Your main focus can be either interpretation or improvisation, advanced-level teaching, careers within the Swedish Church and other denominations (as an advanced degree to work within church music) and/or research within the art of the organ and its related keyboard instruments. This education will be offered in English.

Applications can be submitted via www.antagning.se until the 16th of March. The entrance examinations will be scheduled for May and June. More information will follow.

Some facts about the programme and about studying in Göteborg:

  • Individual lessons will be given on the organ and related keyboard instruments: harpsichord, clavichord, piano, art-harmonium, as well as group lessons, seminars and masterclasses divided in the following way:
    1. Main instrument 60 points
    2. Master’s thesis 30 points
    3. Related keyboard instruments 18 points
    4. “The Organ as a Mirror of its Time” (a seminar series exploring the organ and its culture over four consecutive terms from the Renaissance to the present day) 12 points
  • This is an international master’s programme given in English
  • Teachers at the Academy of Music and Drama in organ interpretation and improvisation with both artistic and academic research profiles. Johannes Landgren, Karin Nelson, Joel Speerstra, Mikael Wahlin, among others
  • Organ Academy. Since 1994 Göteborg has been the home of the bi-annual Göteborg International Organ Academy. In 2011, a major change will come to the Organ Academy. It will become fully integrated within the school year providing students and Academy participants masterclasses, concerts and lectures by international guest artists and researchers.
  • Unique environment for students. Göteborg has an organ and keyboard landscape available to its students that is without peer in Sweden and comparable to the best organ landscapes in Europe.
    Many of these instruments are integrated into daily teaching and practicing for our students: the world-famous four-manual North German Baroque research organ, the Father Henry Willis organ from 1871, both in Örgryte New Church, and the French Symphonic organ based on the work of Cavaillé-Coll at the Academy of Music and Drama, among others.
  • The Academy of Music and Drama has programmes in many artistic and educational fields: music and theatre education, musicians and actors with many specializations at both basic and advanced levels.
    We also have research education in four different disciplines.
    The Academy prides itself in interdisciplinary cooperation between levels of education and different disciplines.
    Students have many opportunities to perform in public both at Artisten, the Academy’s home, as well as in other venues inside and outside the city.
  • This will be a programme approved to prepare students to apply for doctoral research positions in Scandinavia and students will have regular contact with research at GOArt - the Göteborg Organ Art Center - an active and internationally respected research environment within the field of organ and related keyboard instruments.
  • The educational programme will be given in collaboration between the Academy of Music and Drama and GOArt. Between the two the programme will be able to draw on a global international contact network for guest professors and exchange programmes.
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Contact Information

Joel Speerstra

+46 (0) 31 786 52 12


Applications can be submitted via the new website, antagning.se, from the the 15th of March to the 16th of April, 2012. The entrance examinations will be scheduled for May and June. More information will follow.

Page Manager: Erik Bernskiöld|Last update: 2/2/2012

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