Doctoral conferences

I Conference of Doctoral Students 2014

II Conference of Doctoral Students abstracts

III Conference of Doctoral Students 2016

IV Conference of Doctoral Students 2017

V Conference of Doctoral Students 2018

VI Conference of Doctoral Students 2019

VII Conference of Doctoral Students 2020


Introduction to Artistic Research: Methods and Approaches 

16–18 December 2019

Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg 

The seminar introduced participants to the concept of artistic research and its relationship to other modes of investigation (scientific, practice-based research, etc). The seminar was structured as a series of provocations addressing specific issues/topics followed by breakaway groups for discussion/instances of practice. A key aim was to further understanding of how critical concepts intertwine with practice.

Seminar Opera as Imagination and Realization

18–20 October 2019

The interdisciplinary seminar aimed to bring together librettists, dramaturges, composers, directors, set designers, conductors and singers to discuss, what does opera/ music theatre  mean for them, what kind of experience do they have. The goal of the seminar is to help young composers, librettists et al. find their path in music theatre. Presentations and round tables with Juhani Nuorvala, Helena Tulve, Bettina Bartz, Stephan Dörschel, Michiel Dijkema, Maarja Kangro, Lilja Blumenfeld, Harry Liivrand et al.

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Seminar on autoethnography

18–19 February 2019

DMus. Päivi Järviö, Sibelius Academy

”One of the focal points in a musicians doctoral project is one’s own experience which affects not only the artistic decisions but often also the choices made during the research. This seminar aims at exploring and developing the modes of the musician of researching and verbalizing their own experience. Research texts based on a researcher’s own experience as well as the foundations and challenges of research and writing based on a musician’s own experience will be discussed. Texts based on each student’s own doctoral project will be produced.”

Musicology Special Seminar DOK431, MTX771, 772

November 1922, 2018, Prof Dr Dominik Sackmann, Zürich
"Playing expressively. Performing conventions in Western Music from 1700 to 1950"

* Introduction: Musical Text and Interpretation
* Accents
* Bars and phrases
* From Ornamentation to Improvisation
* Tempo and tempo modifications
* Cadenzas
* Musical rhetoric
* Non-expressive playing

Lecture-performance "Sisenemine sisenemisse" and round-table (in Estonian)

November 9, 2018 12.30, Chamber Hall and A202

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International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT2018 symposium

October 28–November 3, 2018, Organ Hall

Symposium featured the works of festival resident composers Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders and Enno Poppe. More information:

Consultations on Artistic Research

Peter Dejans, Orpheus Institute, Ghent

On June 12,  2018, at 15.30 (room C209) Peter Dejans consulted doctoral students of artistic branch. He also took part in discussions of the Doctoral Study Programme Council. On June 13, he attended the defence of doctoral thesis, written by Jonathan Henderson.


April 23-26, 2018, Richard Taruskin 16.15–18.30 A-402

Musicology Special Seminars (MTX771, MTX772, DOK431)

23.04     The History of What? – On music historiography
24.04    How Things Stand Now – On performance practice
25.04    But Aren't All Traditions Invented? – On musical transmission
26.04    Essence or Context – On musical ontology


Opera Singer and Musician Career Seminar

April 16-20, 2018

Opera Singer & Musician Career Seminar / How to kickstart your professional career


Prof Dr Oliver Korte (Lübeck Music High School)

Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, his theoretical explanations of Liszt's „Music of the future“ – and what Neo-Riemannian theory made of it

5.–9.03 2018, 16.15–18.30

Musicology Special Seminar (MTX771, MTX772, DOK431)

Monday, 5.03. C207: „Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, Franz Liszt, and the augmented triad"
Tuesday, 6.03. A402: "Weitzmann-Regions, hexatonic cycles, and their historical emergence. Modulations, sequential models etc."
Wednesday, 7.03. C207: "Boretz-spiders, octatonic cycles, and their historical emergence. Modulations, sequential models etc."
Thursday, 8.03. C207: "Workshop with compositions/musical sketches of the participants"
Friday, 9.03. C207: "Leaving the boundaries of tonality. Principles of evenness and symmetry in the music of the early 20th century“


Practical Opera Production. From first draft till opening night

Special seminar DOK431

April 18–20, 2017

Dr. Boris Kehrmann (Berlin/Karlsruhe)

Dramaturg at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

Tuesday, 18.04. 14.30–18.00 C105

Wednesday, 19.04. 14.30–18.00 A103

Thursday, 20.04. 14.30–16.00 C105

Introduction to the seminar (in English): Monday, 17.04. 16.15–18.00 C105 (Kristel Pappel): Verdi’s “Macbeth”, Meyerbeer’s “Le prophète”, Wagner’s “Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” (in English)

Registration: Margit Võsa

The business of staging an opera at German opera houses is a complex process. It involves philosophical, aesthetical, economical and practical aspects as well as aspects of audience response.

About the topic: An opera production is an interpretation of a work of art. It is not the work itself but an artistical creation of its own right. The collective process of creating it involves intentional and non-intentional biases.

The seminar will explore these forces in five sessions as they were in work in four recent productions at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe: Verdi’s “Macbeth” (unabridged Paris version, 1865; dir.: Holger Müller-Brandes, set: Philipp Fürhofer); Meyerbeer’s “Le prophète” (dir.: Tobias Kratzer, set: Rainer Sellmaier); Wagner’s “Rheingold” (dir.: David Hermann, set: Jo Schramm) and “Die Walküre” (dir.: Yuval Sharon, set: Sebastian Hannak).

Excerpts of these productions will be screened. Knowledge of these works is required. Seminar language will be English.

Reading materialsKnowledge of the operas, mentioned above, is required.

Assessment criteria: Active participation, discussing -- 2 ECTS;  essay 3000 characters with spaces for BAK and MAG students -- 3 ECTS; 6000 characters with spaces for doctoral students -- 3 ECTS.


Consultations on Artistic Research

Peter Dejans, Orpheus Institute, Ghent

A seminar on artistic research and its supervision led by  Peter Dejans, director of Orpheus Institute (Ghent), took place on March 13, 2017, at 16.15. All the Supervisors of doctoral theses were welcome to the seminar.

On March, 12 and 14 Peter Dejans  at the conference of doctoral students the same day, that started at 14 in the organ hall A404.