Additional Information on DAAD Study Scholarships in the Field of Music

Musical recordings/work samples as well as an overview of the pieces performed must be submitted via the DAAD media database together with the "Cover sheet to application" of the "Application Summary" generated in the DAAD portal.

You will receive the necessary link via the DAAD Portal at the latest two weeks after submitting your application documents.

If, contrary to expectations, it is not possible to upload the required audio/video files via the link you received, please contact the DAAD via the e-mail in case of technical problems, in other cases via the messaging system in the portal.

Sound recordings should meet the following requirements:

  1. The uploaded file must contain works of high degree of difficulty performed by the applicant. Please make sure that each individual movement is saved and designated as a separate file.
  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. 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.

    Please upload video files (mp4) only. The composition subject is an exception: Here, audio files (mp3, wav) can also be submitted.
  3. Each file must be labelled with the following information:

    applicant's name_personal ref. no_instrument_composers name_title of the work_no of movement (followed by the file extension)
    (e.g. Ramos_98754556_piano_mozart_KV595_Satz3.wav)

  4. All uploaded work samples must be listed in a form ("Information about the audio/video files"), which must be uploaded as a PDF document both together with the application documents in the DAAD Portal and with the work samples in the media database.

In case of reapplications new recordings have to be submitted.

Please note that your application can only be processed if the above-mentioned formal requirements regarding the completeness and length of the sound recordings are met.

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

The total recording time must be at least 20 minutes for singers, at least 30 minutes for instrumentalists and at least 15 minutes for conductors..

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).

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, members of ensembles or must also present at least one work to demonstrate their soloist playing.

Drummers are required to present a programme that 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 differentiated programme from three stylistic periods that also covers the fields of Opera, Song, and Concerto.

Composition: You must submit your own compositions in the form of scores (PDF format) and sound recordings. Three scores with different instrumentations are desired. The compositions must not be older than three years. The scores must bear the date of completion. Please also submit a list of works. Please note also to choose three pieces that best represent your oeuvre.

Conductors (orchestral and choral): Expected is a video recording with own conducting from more recent times, showing both a rehearsal work and a performance, if possible with the conductor facing the camera. The conducted works should come from various representative stylistic periods (e.g. Baroque, Classic, Opera, Modern etc.) and should correspond to the study project. The chosen literature must correspond to the type of study (choir or orchestra conducting). In addition, a recording with own instrumental playing is required.

Sound engineers are asked to present three recordings from different production projects.

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