Additional Information on DAAD Study Scholarships in the Field of Music

Together with the printed "cover sheet to application" of the "application summary" generated in the DAAD ­portal and the reference, sound recordings and an overview of the recorded pieces/works must be submitted by post.

Sound recordings should meet the following requirements:

  1. The sound recording must contain pieces/works performed by the applicant of a high degree of difficulty. Each movement must have its own track.
  2. At the time of application, none of the recordings should be more than one year old and they must be of both excellent sound and technical quality (no mp3, AAC, etc.). In case you are using recording devices with automatic volume control (e.g. digcam, zoom, etc.), please deactivate this function. If it is not possible to assess the applicant’s artistic quality because of the low technical quality of the recording, the applicant will be excluded from the application procedure.
  3. Sound/image media in the form of an audio CD or DVD video are accepted. The audio CD or DVD video must be playable on standard CD/DVD players.
  4. Any sound recording must be labelled with the following information
  • the applicant's name
  • the composer's name
  • the title of the work
  1. Together with any sound recording a form with an has to be submitted. It has to contain the following information:
  • the applicant's name
  • the composer's name
  • the title of the work
  • the individual movements (one track per movement)
  • track specifications to select individual works and movements
  • details about the length of individual numbers
  • place of recording
  • date of recording
  • labelled as a CD or DVD.

Failure to meet these requirements may lead to the applicant's exclusion from the application procedure. New recordings must be submitted with re-applications.

Instrumentalists from the field of Serious Music must submit complete works (not just individual movements) from at least 3 different style eras of essential relevance to the discipline and study plan in question. One of the works should be from the field of New Music (after 1950) (this does not apply to instrumentalists from the field of Early Music). Failure to meet these minimum requirements will result in the applicant being excluded from the procedure.

Instrumentalists from the field of Jazz should present at least three pieces of different character or tempi (e.g. a ballad or a quick piece). The exact times of solo performances by applicants should be specified. Larger bands are advised to submit one track with a smaller line-up (duo, trio).

Applicants for the subjects of Chamber Music or Song Accompaniment must submit at least one work for their solo instrument in addition to the three required works in the subjects of Chamber Music or Song Accompaniment.

In addition to the three required ensemble works (30 minutes), members of ensembles or duos applying for a scholarship must also present at least one work to demonstrate their soloist playing.

Drummers are required to present a programme of at least 30 minutes, which reflects the greatest possible variety of styles. It is desired that different instrumental categories (e.g., variation of set-up, mallets, use of alternative drums such as multipercussion, square drum ...) be considered. The pieces should come from different composers. It is also possible to submit a work from the duo chamber music repertoire.

Singers are required to prepare a comparably differentiated programme consisting of three style eras that also cover the fields of Opera, Song, and Concerto.

The total recording time must be at least 20 minutes for singers and at least 30 minutes for instrumentalists.

Please note that your application can only be processed if the specified formal requirements in terms of completeness and length of the sound recordings have been met!

Special conditions apply to applicants from the following subjects:

A) Composition

You must submit your own compositions in the form of full scores (four sets of copies, please) and sound recordings. Three scores with different instrumentations have to be submitted. The compositions may be no older than three years. Scores and recordings should bear the date of completion. The requirements listed in points 3 and 4 above apply for the sound recordings. Candidates must also submit a list of works. New compositions have to be submitted with re-applications.

B) Conductors (orchestral and choral)

Conductors are expected to present a recent DVD recording of their own conducting (please ensure compatibility with Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player) showing rehearsal work and a performance, if possible, with the conductor facing the camera, so that the applicant can be appropriately assessed. The conducted works should come from various representative style eras (e.g. Baroque, Classic, Opera, Modern, etc.) and correspond with the study plan. The selected literature must correspond with the aspired area of study (choir or orchestra conducting). A recording of the applicant playing an instrumental piece is also required. Conducting presentations should be at least 15 minutes long.

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