Specialized Music Performance | HES⁠-⁠SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

MasterSpecialized Music Performance

Degree awarded

Master of Arts HES⁠-⁠SO in Specialized Music Performance


  • Soloist (all campuses)
  • Historical Instruments in Practice (HEM-Genève)
  • Medieval Music (HEM-Genève)
  • Specialized Orchestral Conducting (HEM-Genève)
  • Specialized Choral Conducting (HEM-Genève)


The MA degree course in Specialized Music Performance is a demanding course, designed to prepare a limited number of students showing exceptional ability for artistic activities at the very highest level.

The skills sought during the selective admission procedures are of two types: a remarkable artistic personality and/or, depending on the major, the ability to undertake research leading to innovative musical practices.

A significant part of the programme of study is dedicated to training in the main discipline (as instrumentalist, singer or conductor). Specific training enables students to gain in-depth experience of performance in different ensemble types, such as orchestras or chamber music ensembles. Finally, the programme of study includes a reflective analysis of the practical aspects (research in seminars).

The two years of study lead to a Master's project designed around three axes: artistic production (recital), practical ensemble playing and reflective analysis.


In addition to the classical music profile, available on all the campuses, there are also two specialist profiles:

  • Jazz and contemporary music, at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne
  • Ancient music, at the Haute école de musique de Genève.

Course organisation and fees

ECTS Credits
2 years full-time, or part-time for certain majors
French at all five campuses, as well as German at Fribourg
The study programme begins in calendar week 38


Professional prospects

The Soloist major demands exceptional artistic ability and prepares for a career as a soloist. On completion of the course students' abilities will be at the level of international competitions.

The Historical Instruments in Practice major is open to instrumentalists with a classical background and enables them to specialise in playing historical instruments.

The Medieval Music major is open to students who show a capacity to concentrate on the medieval repertoire, both in terms of philological research and of artistic interpretation.

The Specialized Conducting majors offer training to a limited number of students who demonstrate the required abilities, enabling them to conduct professional orchestras or choirs.



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