Main Studies Exam Requirements

Main Studies (MIX101) Exam Requirements BA

Choral Conducting


Term 1-4:

The program should include at least 6 different compositions, representing the following:

  • Estonian choral music,
  • Western classics,
  • a composition from the 20th or 21st century.

The program is compiled in accordance with the student’s abilities and interests, as well as performance standards developed during the given study year.
Prerequisites for admission to the examination:
1. Colloquium:
a) performing the specialty program at least 2 compositions from memory;
b) singing voice parts from choral score, considering the specific requirements of the work of a choirmaster, i.e.,

  • ability to sing all parts,
  • ability to sing chords vertically,
  • ability to play some parts and sing one part if necessary (combined playing and singing),
  • ability to conduct and sing at the same time.

2. A written analysis of a composition in the program, discussing the following aspects:

  • a brief overview of the life, works, style, etc., of the compositor;
  • a brief presentation of the lyricist and an analysis of lyrics;
  • coherence between music and lyrics;
  • form;
  • harmony and polyphony;
  • rhythm in connection with lyrics;
  • choral technical problems and how to overcome them;
  • interpretational ambitions, performance plan with a score.

3. Two concert reviews (1-2 pages), presenting the reviewers musical analysis and assessment of the following elements:

  • integrity and idea of the concert;
  • an analysis and assessment of: a) the conductor, b) the repertoire, c) the performance.

4. Recording a CD of a choral song from the program of the 2014 Song Festival conducting + ensemble recording in a studio.

Term 5:
The performance program should include at least 6 different compositions, representing the following:

  • Estonian choral music,
  • Western classics,
  • a composition from the 20th or 21st century.

Prerequisites for admission to the examination:
1. Colloquium
2. Course paper a more comprehensive study (about 12 pages) and an oral presentation (up to 10 min), discussing the choral movement or important stages of choral culture, the activities of choirs or choir conductors, wider or narrower aspects of composers works, the life and work of conductors, etc. The subject is selected by the student in cooperation with the specialty instructor.

Term 6:
Bachelor’s Degree Examination (MIX111)

A program of about 20-25 min, including compositions from different eras and a part of an extended composition. Perform at least one composition with the choir of the EAMT.