State Master Degree Exam – Choir Conducting

  1. Discussion about final concert

The final concert represents the artistic conclusion of the study. The concert should be organized in the same semester in which the student applies for the state exam but no later than two weeks before the exam. The length of the concert should be 30 – 60 minutes, which means that the event can be shared by two students.

Assessment criteria:

  • performance of the conductor
  • performance of the choir
  • dramaturgy of the concert
  • presentation of the concert, programme etc.
  1. Didactics of choral singing and presentation of choral literature

Before the examination the student selects one particular composition from each of the following historical periods and prepares its didactical presentation, i.e. analysis regarding the process of rehearsing and interpretation (motivation, way of performance, analysis of the means of expression and musical form, method of rehearsing, aspects of intonation, rhythm, voice training, conducting, etc.).

The student brings two copies of the selected sheet music to the examination. It is recommended to use the same composition as a material for the concrete formulation of the second (methodology) part of the question.

a)  European Renaissance music.
b) Factors influencing the choice of choral compositions. Dramaturgy of the public choir performance.

a)   Vocal and vocal-instrumental music of the Baroque period.
b) Rhythmic education in choir – system, aim, forms, types of rhythmical exercises. Rhythmical problems in vocal music and their solution.

a)  Choral compositions of Czech and/or European Classicism.
b) Warming up in the choir. Vocal exercises: their construction in terms of music, articulation, vocal range, etc.

a)  Choral compositions of European Romanticism.
b) Basic methods of intonation, aids for vocal intonation (mainly solmisation syllables). Orff and Kodály intonation methods.

a) The main composers of Czech Romanticism.
b) Basic steps for rehearsing one-voice choral compositions by imitation.

a)  Czech choral compositions of the 1st half of the 20th century.b) Specific problems in rehearsing two-voice compositions including preparatory exercises for two-voice singing.

a) Czech choral compositions of the 2nd half of the 20th century.
b) Sight-singing in rehearsing choral compositions, including choice of composition and preparatory exercises.

a) Choral compositions of the 20th century in the world.
b) Musical means of expression that organize music in tone space and in time.