Doctoral conferences

XI Conference of Doctoral Students 2024
X Conference of Doctoral Students (Artistic Research) 2023
IX Conference of Doctoral Students (Creative Branch) 2022
Festival Conference „Doctors in Performance“ 2021
VIII Conference of Doctoral Students 2021
VII Conference of Doctoral Students 2020
VI Conference of Doctoral Students 2019
V Conference of Doctoral Students 2018
IV Conference of Doctoral Students 2017
III Conference of Doctoral Students 2016
II Conference of Doctoral Students 2015
I Conference of Doctoral Students 2014


Guest lectures and seminars

On November 20-22, 2023 „Introduction to Artistic [Practice-based] Research: Methods and Approaches“. Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg (via zoom)

October 17–19, 2023 Seminar on public presentation, Maarja Mitt-Pichen, PhD (Theatre)

October 6, 2023 Tallinn Botanic Garden, joint doctoral seminar of EKA and EMTA “Popular artistic research. To whom, how and why to disseminate knowledge created by artistic and design research?”

On June 5, 2023, seminar “Why is Art Meaningful” within the framework of the Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts at EAMT organ hall (A404). Additional information.

On June 2-3, 2023, the international conference “30 years of Thalia Germanica. German-language theater abroad from an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective” will be held at EAMT (A402). Additional information.

On April 28, 2023, starting at 7, a big gala concert of doctoral students and doctors in the large concert hall of EAMT. Free entrance. Additional information.

On March 14, 2023, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre hold its X conference of doctoral students within the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA). The conference language is English, in EAMT (Tatari 13) Organ Hall A-404. Additional information.

February 27-28, 2023, Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts (KTKDK) seminar Application of autoethnography in creative research (in Estonian), The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, room A211, at 1-5.30 pm. Lecturers: Kristi Kapten (PhD in music), Jaak Sikk (PhD in music). Additional information

February 7-10, 2023, Doctoral seminar Opera as Imagination and Realization 4. Director’s Perspective (in English), The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, room A202 (Joachim Herz’s room) at 2.30-6 pm. Lecturer: opera director Sandra Leupold (Berlin). The seminar took place within the Doctoral School of Cultural Sciences and Arts. Additional information

January 23-27, 2023 A weekly winter school of KTKDK Doctoral School at Tallinn University. Read more:

November 21-23 2022 Introduction to Artistic [Practice Based] Research. Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg. Additional information

September 19–23, 2022 RAPP Lab Reflection based Artistic Professional Practice, EU-funded research project supported by the ERASMUS+ programme “Strategic Partnerships”, Lab 5 Autoethnography, see

March 3 2022 Lecture and master class about Sibelius by Erik T. Tawaststjerna. Additional information

Nov 29-Dec 1 2021 Seminar “Introduction to Artistic Research”. Prof. Ana Sánchez-Colberg. Additional information

October 20-22 2021 Seminar “Opera as Imagination and Realization 3”. Additional information

October 7-8 2021 “Seminar on artistic action research” by Anu Koskinen (University of Arts, Helsinki). Additional information

September 1–3, 2021 festival-conference “Doctors in Performance”, see

April 26-28 2021 the dramaturgy seminar “Dramaturgy as User Experience Design” by Marion Jõepera took place. Additional information

April 23-24 2021 there was an opera seminar “Opera as Imagination and Realization 2”. Additional information

9.–10.11.2020 Seminar “Writing in artistic (and autoethnographic) research”
Dr Hanna Guttorm, University of Helsinki. Additional information

16.–18.12.2019 „Introduction to Artistic Research: Methods and Approaches“
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.

18.–20.10.2019 „Seminar Opera as Imagination and Realization“
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. More information

18.–19.02.2019 „Seminar on autoethnography“
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.” More information

19.–22.11.2018 >Musicology Special Seminar DOK431, MTX771, 772 Playing expressively. Performing conventions in Western Music from 1700 to 1950“

Prof. Dr. Dominik Sackmann, Zürich
* Introduction: Musical Text and Interpretation
* Accents
* Bars and phrases
* From Ornamentation to Improvisation
* Tempo and tempo modifications
* Cadenzas
* Musical rhetoric
* Non-expressive playing

9.11.2018 Lecture-performance “Sisenemine sisenemisse” and round-table (in Estonian) More information

28.10–3.11.2018 „International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT2018 symposium“
Symposium featured the works of festival resident composers Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders and Enno Poppe. More information

12.06.2018 „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.

23.–26.04.2018 „Musicology Special Seminars (MTX771, MTX772, DOK431)“
Richard Taruskin 16.15–18.30 A-402
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

16.–20.04.2018 „Opera Singer & Musician Career Seminar / How to kickstart your professional career
Zenaida des Aubris (Berlin)

5.–9.03.2018 „Musicology Special Seminars (MTX771, MTX772, DOK431)“
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
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“

18.–20.04.2017 „Practical Opera Production. From first draft till opening night“
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)
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.

13.–14.03.2017 „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.