Nuremberg University of Music
The Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (Nuremberg University of Music) is the most recently established institution in Germany to offer an academic musical training, but it can look back on a long and firmly-rooted tradition.
The third State University of Music in Bavaria was inaugurated in Nuremberg in 2008. It was created from the Meistersinger-Konservatorium and the communal University of Music Nuremberg-Augsburg.
Around 400 students are now trained here in the basic areas of study – musical performance and music education – in the heart of the metropolitan region of Nuremberg.
Courses are offered in all the orchestra instruments, but also in singing, piano, organ, guitar, accordion and classical saxophone. There is also a lively jazz department, which is thoroughly integrated in the clubs of the city, and a department of early music, which regularly attracts unusual events to Nuremberg, thanks to its links throughout Europe.
Cooperation and autonomy
The department of Elementary Music Education (EMP) coordinates and creates projects in musical education for young people as well as adults. The symphony orchestra, the madrigal choir, the University of Music choir, the Big Band and many other chamber music ensembles and jazz groups enrich the cultural variety of the city. Together with the State Theatre the University of Music runs the International Opera Studio; Early Music Days and symposia take place regularly in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in co-operation with the University of Music. A study centre of the University of Music is being set up in Neumarkt/Oberpfalz.
Multiple qualifications and vocational orientation
As well as the high quality of its artistic training, the University of Music sees vocational orientation as an important aspect of its courses. In particular, multiple qualifications increase the employment opportunities of our graduates. In addition to classical orchestra and singing courses extra qualifications can be gained in the music education area in other instruments, in historical performance practice, in Elementary music education and also in directing choirs and ensembles.
- Contemporary Music
- Old Music
- Elementary Music Education
- Vocal Section
- Music Education/Teaching Methodology
- Music Theory/Musicology
- Orchestra, Choir and Ensemble Direction
- Practice-oriented Piano Playing
- Key Qualifications
- Plucked Instruments
Students have to pass an assessment test to be admitted to a course.
More information on assessment tests (information in German)
Contact Address and Useful Links
The Nuremberg University of Music is situated in a wonderful lakeside position on the Wöhrder See about 10 minutes from the city centre. More than 150 professors, lecturers and other teaching staff from many different countries look after the welfare of their students. A family atmosphere prevails, in which students of classical music work next door to jazz musicians, and students of modern instruments can take advantage of the chance to learn about historical performance practice. An extensive library and a newly-equipped recording studio are available to all students and staff.
The University of Music makes an important contribution to the cultural life in Nuremberg and the metropolitan region, with more than 200 concerts and cultural events every year. Students and staff present themselves to the public in the main churches of the city, in the Meistersingerhalle, the Heilig-Geist-Saal, the cultural centre Südpunkt and the University’s own chamber music room.
The jazz department, with around 50 students, is a particular focal point. Formations of jazz students play almost daily in the clubs and concert locations of the city. Internationally-known teachers guide and advise students not only in the fields of music, but also in networking within the music scene and in self-marketing. A further focal point lies in maintaining close links with the classical music courses: this is reflected in the courses available but also in musical crossover projects.
The University of Music runs and/or hosts several competitions of its own, such as the Joseph Suder Lied Competition and the chamber music competition of the Mozart Society. Students from Nuremberg are frequently found among the prizewinners of international competitions, for example the double bass player Stanislau Anishchanka, who won a 2nd prize in the 2009 ARD competition. Jazz professor Steffen Schorn gained the WDR Jazz prize in October 2009. Students of guitar, singing, violin, piano and percussion have also been very successful in various competitions. In addition the University of Music awards music education prizes annually and has been involved in many music education initiatives, in particular within the framework of elementary music education.
International Opera Studio an International Meistersinger Academy
The International Opera Studio is run in co-operation with the Nuremberg State Theatre. In a two-year cycle, a small group of specially-chosen international singers put the finishing touches to their preparations for a successful singing career. The International Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) takes places once a year for six weeks in summer at Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz., a small town near Nuremberg. The IMA offers emerging artists an exceptional environment of excellence in the study of opera, oratorio and Lied/Mélodie. Renowned professors like Edith Wiens and Siegfried Jerusalem guarantee the very high quality of the training.