Orchestra Conducting

The orchestral conducting study programme prepares qualified amateur and professional brass and orchestra conductors, offering a wide range of employment opportunities – from amateur orchestral management to professional groups for a chief conductor, and focuses on the pedagogical skills needed for orchestral conducting for work in secondary music schools and universities.

Students have opportunities to learn the skills for working with an orchestra and the management of other music groups. At the same time, an enhanced, broad and fundamental education in music theory, history and humanitarianism is offered, expanding the range for cultural and historical analytical views and opening up the opportunity to teach musical theory.

The most notable graduates of the last decade:

  • M. Ozoliņš – Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Opera Orchestra, winner of the Jorma Panula International Orchestra Conductors Competition
  • A.Poga – Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra, winner of the Evgeny Svetlanova International Orchestra Conductors Competition
  • A.Rubiķis – Chief Conductor of the Novosibirisk AOBT and Komische Oper Berlin, winner of the G.Mahler International Orchestra Conductors Competition
  • V.Butāns – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of orchestra Rīga
  • A.Meri – Chief Choir Master of the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of Ventspils Symphonic Orchestra
  • G.Kuzma – Assistant Conductor, Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra, winner of the Grand Music Award
  • All graduates of the study programme work in their profession, covering the diverse cultural space of Latvian and world amateur and professional orchestras. 
Degree and qualification

Upon successful graduation of a Bachelor’s study programme a Professional Bachelor's degree in Music, Choreography or Musical Pedagogy (in programmes General Education Music Teacher, Professional Music Subject Teacher) is conferred upon a student, together with the fifth level professional qualification according to the specialisation (pianist, violinist, choral conductor, composer, musicologist, choreographer etc.).

The integral curriculum of the Bachelor's studies, which in addition to academic and professional training courses also include the courses required for teaching, provides all graduates the corresponding pedagogical qualification (teacher of piano playing, violin playing, choral conducting, music theory, dance, etc.). Considering the requirements of
today's labour market, a number of study programmes allow students the option to obtain the right to work in a music school as a teacher of a different subject (to teach piano playing, music theory, a related wind instrument, etc.) as an elective course.

Upon completion of a Professional Master's degree programme a graduate is granted a Professional Master's degree in Music or Choreography. Upon successful graduation from the Academic Master's degree programme, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities is conferred.

At the end of academic doctorate studies, students receive a statement regarding the acquisition of a doctorate study programme and, after successfully defending the promotional work, obtains a doctoral diploma and a degree of Doctor of Arts (Dr. Art.).

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