Choir Conducting and Choral Composition Course – Level II

Educational objectives

At the end of the studies related to the Level II Academic Diploma Course in Choir Conducting and Choral Composition, students must have acquired the advanced level knowledge of the techniques and the specific skills to enable them to concretely fulfil their artistic ideas. To this end, particular emphasis will be placed on the study of the instrument’s most representative repertoire – including ensembles – and related performance practices, also with the aim of developing the student’s ability to interact within differently composed musical groups. These objectives are to be achieved also by favouring the development of the perceptive capacity of hearing and memorisation and with the acquisition of specific knowledge of the organisational, compositional and analytical models of music and their interaction. Specific care must be devoted to the acquisition of appropriate postural and emotional control techniques. At the end of the two-year course, students must have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic, historical and general aesthetic aspects related to their specific address. It is also an educational objective of the course to acquire adequate skills in the field of computer music as well as those related to a second European Community language.


Employment prospects

  • Choirmaster in concert, symphony and opera institutions, public or private
  • Composer and arranger of the choral repertoire
  • Cultural operator in the musical field
  • Organizer of events and musical seasons
  • Music consultant and organizer at public or private institutions

Two-year school system


Admission Level II

Reserved to students in possession of a first level academic diploma, or a degree, or a diploma from a system previously in force combined with an upper secondary school diploma. Students in possession of another equivalent qualification obtained abroad and recognised as suitable may also be admitted. The above-mentioned qualifications must be consistent with the chosen course.
  1. To be admitted to the two-year program, it is necessary to pass an examination consisting of a specific selection test related to the main discipline. Failure to pass the specific selection test precludes subsequent admission to the two-year course. Students in possession of the following qualifications are exempt from the written test:
    1. Diploma in the old system in Choral Music and Choir Direction or a three-year degree in Choir Direction and Choral Composition.
    2. Compimento medio di Composizione (In the Previous school system, to obtain this qualification you needed to have passed the exams at the end of year 7), diploma in Organ and Organ Composition.
    3. Three-year and two-year degrees in Composition, Organ, and Liturgical Organ.

    Admission exam programme

    Written test:

    Composition of at least three verses of a madrigal or motet, following the contrapuntal technique of the 16th century, in an imitated style and for a minimum of 4 voices, based on given text and melodic incipit. Maximum time for the test: 6 hours.

    Oral test:

    Attitudinal interview aimed at establishing harmonic-contrapuntal knowledge and assessing the predisposition toward choral composition.

    Presentation of motets, madrigals, or other works of their own composition.

    The Commission reserves the right to partially listen to the program or request the repetition of any passage. External candidates must appear, as required by the program, with their own accompanying pianist

    The examination will be marked in hundredths. Candidates with a mark of not less than 60/100 will be considered suitable. All candidates must have read the official admission programmes published on the Conservatoire’s website.

For information on enrolment, please visit the “Registration” page
The detailed timetable for the admission examinations will be published in a separate notice.


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Enrolment in years following the first

For information on enrolment renewal, please visit the “Registration” page
The suspension and reactivation of studies is provided for Level I and II courses only, no later than 31 July of each calendar year. Students who have not exceeded 5 academic years of suspension may request the reactivation of their career. Career reactivation cannot be requested for students who have exceeded the aforementioned number of years (the academic credits obtained will be declared obsolete and no longer valid). Career reactivation is only possible if a place is available for the current academic year.

With regard to academic career reactivation fees, please refer to the Fees and Contributions Regulations for the current academic year.

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The Academic Year begins on 1 November of each year and ends on 31 October of the following year. The academic calendar is issued by the Director, by resolution of the Academic Council, normally by 31 May.

Each training activity may entail different methods of conduct and interaction between students and lecturers. In particular, there may be individual face-to-face lessons, collective face-to-face lessons, practice lectures, laboratories, practical, distance and intensive activities, training courses, seminars, projects, artistic productions, reports and production of texts and hypertexts, including multimedia, guided or autonomous individual study activities, tutoring, self-assessment and other activities.


There are three sessions per academic year: summer, autumn and extraordinary.

Students are obliged to book by the deadlines indicated by the Registrar’s Office.

Final Examinations

In order to obtain the qualification for Level I and Level II courses, students who have acquired the required credits must pass the final examination consisting in the writing of the dissertation (Thesis) and the practical test useful to ascertain the achievement of the qualifying educational objectives of the course of study.
Booking the final examination must be made compulsorily on one’s ISIDATA profile under the heading ‘Examinations’.
At the same time, it will be compulsory to pay the ‘Graduation fee’ (by means of Pagopa service) of €30.00 by generating the payment by MAV through the ISIDATA platform under the heading ‘Fees’.

Bookings must be received in accordance with the following deadlines:
– 31 May (summer session);
– 31 August (autumn session);
– 31 January (winter session).

Students must have completed their studies at least 10 days before the final examination.

It is compulsory to submit 1 hard copy and 1 PDF/A file of the Diploma Thesis to the secretary’s office no later than 10 days before the date of the final examination. Further hard copies (tot. 4 copies) must be handed in to the commission on the day of the final examination.
Specific provisions can be found in the “Thesis Regulations”.