About the Programme
Musical composition can, in its most basic form, sensitize us to the specific contexts through which sound is experienced. To accept Luigi Nono’s challange that composition can reawaken one’s senses in order to participate in something much larger than ourselves is the key challenge for contemporary musical composition. At the Academy of Music and Drama (Högskolan för scen och musik) we accept such an orientation by focusing upon a student’s artistic growth and conceptual thinking in conjunction with a student’s experimentation with instrumental sound, notation and structural thinking. Ideally, composers at Högskolan för scen och musik develop as artistic forces in the local and global contexts of our society in order to create unique artistic expressions, and reflections of human values through their compositions and cross-border co-operations.
Högskolan för scen och musik (HSM) is an open and creative meeting point with windows out to the world, which is why we emphasize interdisciplinary knowledge and collaborations with other programs such as opera, theater, film, literature, poetry, architecture and the visual arts. We also offer technical expertise in a variety of technologies with our Lindblad Studio. The program aims to prepare for upcoming activities as a professional composer, but can also serve as a basis for further studies at the doctoral level.
The basis of the instruction includes individual tuition, analysis seminars, aesthetics seminars and open score seminars in conjunction with the Improvisation Department. Opportunites for composers include various chamber ensembles formed with performance students and the choir at HSM, international renowned professional ensembles, Stockholm Wind Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae String Orchestra and various outside projects that can include collaborations with the Gothenburg Opera, sound installations and various electronic music collaborations.
Each year there is a Siren Festival where composers have their works performed at HSM.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.
SELECTION: Selection of eligible applicants is based upon entrance tests. More information about applications and entrance tests can be found at the home page of the Academy of Music and Drama: www.hsm.gu.se
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 459 538 SEK
First payment: 114 885 SEK
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