Sibelius Academy Admissions Guide, spring 2020

Note! These admissions requirements are outdated. The updated admissions requirements for the 2021 round of admissions will be published at latest at the beginning of November 2020.

Shared admissions requirements

Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the declaring of exceptional circumstances in Finland, the Sibelius Academy is forced to deviate from the admissions criteria decision made by the Dean earlier, on 28 October 2019, and to make amendments to the admissions criteria and to the currently ongoing entrance examination process.

Initial situation with the admissions process in spring 2020

As per the Dean’s decision of 28 October 2019 on admissions criteria for undergraduate programmes at the Sibelius Academy, the following measures had been carried out:

  • Admissions application round in the Studyinfo system;
  • Verification of the eligibility of applicants and registering of eligible applicants; and
  • Evaluation of the advance assignments included in the admissions criteria for the various degree programmes.

The Dean’s admissions criteria decision of 28 October 2019 shall also stand unamended for the following items:

Feedback on the entrance examination, request for rectification, accepting your study place, tuition fee and tuition fee discounts, beginning your studies.

Arranging entrance examinations in accordance with the new admissions criteria

The entrance examinations will be held via remote connections (e.g. real-time video interviews) and/or by inviting applicants to submit recordings and other files (e.g. assignments sent and returned electronically). If you as an applicant have been verified as eligible or conditionally eligible in the current admissions process, you can be invited to the entrance examinations.

The new timetable for entrance examinations is as follows:

You will be invited to the entrance examinations with an e-mail letter to be sent no later than 17 April 2020 and containing:

  • The admissions criteria for the degree programme to which you applied, in the language that you have declared as your language of study;
  • Instructions on how to record videos of the required performances for the entrance examination, on the electronically conveyed assignments and on the tests to be performed via a remote connection;
  • Instructions on how to upload the materials specified in the admissions criteria to the Studyinfo system; and
  • Other instructions and timetables concerning the entrance examinations.

You must acknowledge receipt of the invitation.

You must upload the materials specified in the admissions criteria to the Studyinfo system. For more information, please see the programme-specific admissions requirements.

Follow the instructions and submit a photo ID card via Studyinfo portal. In tests conducted via a remote connection, the Entrance Examination Board will also verify your identity by asking you to show an ID document.

Demonstrating English language skills in the admissions process

Studying at the Sibelius Academy requires sufficient language skills in Finnish, Swedish and/or English. Under the admissions criteria of the Sibelius Academy for 2020, applicants were to provide proof of their language skills, principally by the application deadline, 22 January 2020 at 15.00. Under the aforementioned decision, applicants were given the option of demonstrating their English language skills later, by participating in an English language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki, which was to have been held in connection with the entrance examinations.

Because the English language test of Uniarts Helsinki will now not be provided in spring 2020, applicants who signed up for this test will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their language skills as described herein. Because of the exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, those applicants who declared in their application that they would submit a certificate of their English language skills no later than 10 July 2020 will also be allowed to take part in the aforementioned test opportunity.

The language skills test will be in two parts.

1) Interview

The interview will be a brief interaction to verify that the applicant is able to communicate in the language of study in a conversational situation.

Assessment: pass/fail. An applicant who fails the interview will not be admitted as a student.

2) Language skills test at the beginning of studies

Students admitted to the Sibelius Academy must take an English language test at the beginning of their studies to gauge their language skills vis-à-vis their studies. Students who do not pass this test will have to take remedial language studies in the first year of study, commensurate with their skill level.

Evaluation of entrance examination performances

Your performance in the entrance examination and parts thereof will be evaluated using point scores. You will not be admitted as a student if you failed in or did not complete one or more of the subparts specified in the admissions criteria.

In written examinations, your answers will be evaluated using point scores. In other examinations, the Entrance Examination Boards will evaluate your skills, knowledge and educability on the basis of the specific admissions criteria for each degree programme.

‘Educability’ means your ability to complete the studies leading to the degree in question within the normative study times given in the Government Decree on University Degrees (3 years for a Bachelor’s degree, 2.5 years for a Master’s degree).

Publishing of results

The results of the entrance examinations will be published on 3 June 2020 at 9am EET (Finnish time). The results will be on display at the Sibelius Academy locations in Helsinki (Nervanderinkatu 13) and Kuopio. The admissions decision will also be posted on the website of Uniarts Helsinki, with the names of those admitted students who have given permission for their name to be published online.

Successful applicants and those placed on a waiting list will be notified of the results of the entrance examination by e-mail.

The next best applicant(s) after those admitted as students may be placed on a waiting list in case a study place is vacated later. Waiting lists are specific to each degree programme or to each group in a degree programme if the programme has several groups with waiting lists. An applicant placed on a waiting list may be admitted as a student if one of the successful applicants in the same degree programme chooses not to accept the study place, or if a conditionally admitted student fails to submit a required certificate by the deadline given.

New students will not necessarily be admitted to all degree programmes.

Misconduct in an entrance examination

According to section 19 in Uniarts Helsinki’s Education Regulations, the Sibelius Academy Dean may revoke a right to pursue studies if the applicant has provided misleading information which may have influenced the selection results (section 50 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 434/3004).

According to section 46 in the Education Regulations, an entrance examination shall be disqualified if a student is found to have been engaged in misconduct during the examination. After hearing the student, the evaluator or evaluators of the study attainment or examination shall decide on its disqualification.

Church Music

5.5-year degree programme

Church music degrees involve a wide range of musical competence besides qualifying graduates for church musician positions in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland. 

Students for studies conducted in Finnish, Swedish, and English are selected in separate admissions groups. Note, however, that the studies qualifying students for church musician positions in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland can only be completed in Finnish or Swedish. 

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination includes the following subparts: 

  • Piano or organ
  • Voice
  • Interview video

You are required to make video recordings of all three subparts and deliver them to the Sibelius Academy through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Piano or organ

Record a video of yourself performing two pieces of music that illustrate your instrument skills. You may perform the pieces on piano or organ. If you are unable to do this using an acoustic instrument, you may perform the pieces on an electronic keyboard. The video is to be 7 to 10 minutes long. Place the camera so that you are in profile and are wholly visible in the frame when playing.

Voice

Record a video of yourself singing without accompaniment. Begin with a hymn of your choice (1 or 2 stanzas). Then sing at least one classical solo song and, if you wish, another song that illustrates your vocal skills. The video is to be 5 to 7 minutes long.

Place the camera so that you and you face are wholly visible in the frame when singing.

Interview video

Record a video 10 to 12 minutes long according to instructions that will be sent separately. The purpose of the video is for you to tell us about yourself, responding to questions that will be e-mailed to you by the end of April. One of the questions will be a minor musical assignment. You may also explain or demonstrate your musical competence more broadly in the video (secondary instrument, accompanying, improvisation, etc.)

Demonstrating language skills

Applicants who applied for studies conducted in English will be interviewed separately to assess their English language skills if necessary. This applies to you if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your musical skills and knowledge and also of your educability in the field of church music and wide-ranging musicianship.  

You will be awarded a point score from 0 to 25 for each of the three subparts. The lowest acceptable score for each is 11. You will not be admitted as a student if you failed in or did not complete any subpart specified in the admissions criteria.

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Piano or organ 40%
  • Voice 30%
  • Interview video 30% 

2.5-year degree programme

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish or Swedish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish or Swedish).

Classical Music Performance (instrument)

Students are selected by main instrument.

The entrance examination includes an examination on your main instrument. Applicants accepted in the entrance examination are to take the skills test in structural awareness of music during the new students’ induction period in August.

Early Music

All early music instruments (5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes)

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. You are responsible for producing the video required. The entrance examination also includes an interview and a sight-reading assignment conducted via a remote connection.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compulsory assignment (sent to you by e-mail about two weeks before the video deadline)
  • Two freely chosen works representing different stylistic periods, at least one of them an unaccompanied solo work (total duration no more than 12 minutes)
  • Harpsichord and lute players must perform a continuo assignment (sent to you by e-mail about two weeks before the video deadline), which you may record on video without the melody part

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. The programme must be performed on a period instrument. 

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompanying instrument may be a harpsichord, plucked instrument, cello, or viol. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

The Entrance Examination Board may, at its discretion, require you to perform a sight-reading assignment in the interview conducted via a remote connection. Your English language skills will also be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your educability and of your artistic merits and originality, and also of your knowledge of performance practices in various periods and awareness of styles, your musical organisation and phrasing, and your technical qualities (tone, intonation, motor skills) insofar as these can be determined via video. Ensemble playing, research, and seminar work are also important aspects of studies in the Early Music department.

The Entrance Examination Board will give you a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Piano, Fortepiano, Piano Chamber Music and Lied, Accordion, Guitar, Kantele

Piano (5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required.

The main instrument audition is in two parts. You must submit your audition videos for both Part I and Part II at the same time through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. 

Programme for the audition video in Part I:

  • A fast movement and a slow movement from a Viennese Classical sonata (up to and including Schubert)
  • A Chopin etude (excluding op. 10 nos. 3 and 6, op. 25 no 7 and op.posth. in F minor and A flat major)
  • Compulsory assignment (sent to you with the invitation to the entrance examination)

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Programme for the audition video in Part II:

  • A Prelude and Fugue by J.S. Bach
  • A fast etude (different from the one performed for Part I)
  • Freely selected programme (about 5 to 10 minutes), which may be part of a more extensive work

The programme must be performed from memory except for the cmpulsory assignment. The works performed must be solo works. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. The score given in Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Fortepiano (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The main instrument examination comprises a portfolio of fortepiano performances:

  • Live performance: The portfolio must include a video recording of one or more musical performances by you on a fortepiano or pianoforte. The repertoire may be freely selected from the period 1750 to 1850. Short excerpts are acceptable (no time limit). The programme does not need to be performed from memory.
  • Motivation letter (1,000 to 2,000 words) explaining why you are applying for the master’s degree programme in the fortepiano.
  • Detailed presentation of past studies and experiences in the field of historical performance
  • A short essay (1000–2000 words) on a performance practice topic chosen by you
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional musician who is familiar with you
  • Interview

Submit your video recording, motivation letter, presentation of past studies, short essay, and letter of recommendation through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate technical instructions.

The Entrance Examination Board or the professor will interview the applicant via remote connection on the entrance examination date.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your command of your instrument, your experience and motivation in performing on historical piano. The Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire and acquiring skills to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25 based on the aforementioned criteria.

Piano Chamber Music and Lied (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

The entrance examination consists of two parts, weighted equally in the evaluation.

Programme for the audition video in Part I (duration about 20 minutes):

  • A fast and a slow movement from Viennese Classical sonata (up to and including Schubert)
  • A fast etude
  • A freely selected programme

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

The programme for Part II is to consist of pre-prepared chamber music and lied assignments of which you will be notified in more detail no later than three weeks before the examination. The examination will also include solo piano assignments with a shorter preparation time; these will be sent to you about one week later than the above.

The entrance examination includes an interview where your English language skills will be tested if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your command of your instrument, your ensemble skills, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. The score given in Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Accordion (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

The main instrument audition is in two parts. You must deliver the videos for Part I and Part II at the same time.

Programme for the audition video in Part I:

  • Compulsory assignment (sent to you with the invitation to the entrance examination)
  • One freely selected piece of music (which may be a transcription, or one or more movements from a more extensive work), duration maximum about 10 minutes.

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Programme for the audition video in Part II:

  • One Sonata by Domenico Scarlatti
  • One Nordic piece of music (i.e. from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, or Iceland), total duration maximum about 10 minutes
    • You may also perform one or more movements from a more extensive work

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. The score given in Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Accordion (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

The main instrument examination is in two parts. You must deliver the videos for Part I and Part II at the same time.

Programme for the audition video in Part I:

  • Compulsory assignment (sent to you with the invitation to the entrance examination)
  • Three movements from one of the French Suites or English Suites of J.S. Bach

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Programme for the audition video in Part II (duration about 25 minutes):

  • One Nordic work
  • One Sonata by Domenico Scarlatti
  • A freely selected programme

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. The score given in Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Guitar (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • One etude from one of the following collections:
    • Villa-Lobos: Douze études
    • Brouwer: Etudes simples (13–20)
    • Sor: Etudes op. 6 (6, 11 or 12) and op. 29 (1, 2, 5 or 10)
    • Coste: Etudes op. 38 (5–25)
    • Carcassi: Etudes op. 60 (20–25)
    • Regondi: 10 Etudes
  • Compulsory assignment (sent to you with the invitation to the entrance examination)
  • One freely selected piece of music, or one or more movements from a more extensive work, duration about 10 minutes.

The programme must be performed from memory, including the compulsory assignment. The works performed must be solo works. All works must be performed without accompaniment. 

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Part II

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Part I of the entrance examination is a measure of your command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. 

Applicants’ performances in the entrance examination will be awarded a point score from 0 to 25.

Guitar (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later han 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • A programme of about 30 minutes compiled from the level B or level A repertoire lists of the Sibelius Academy (or both), or other pieces of music that are equally technically demanding. The repertoire lists are available at: https://www.uniarts.fi/dokumentit/kitaran-ohjelmistoluettelo/
  • The programme must have broad variety and must include at least one extensive work. The programme design will be considered in the evaluation. 

The programme must be performed from memory. The works performed must be solo works. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

You must be fully visible in the frame on the video.

Part II

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. The score given in Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Wind instruments, Percussion, Harp

Woodwind instrument – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compulsory assignment (specific for each main instrument):
    • Flute — Theodor Verhey: Concerto in D minor op. 43 (entire work)
    • Oboe — Benjamin Britten: Six Metamorphoses, movements 1 to 3
    • Clarinet — Carl Stamitz: Clarinet Concerto no. 3 in B flat major, 1st and 2nd movements
    • Bassoon — Olivio di Domenico: Sonatina (publisher: Alphonse Leduc; the sheet music may be requested by e-mail if necessary: siba.admissions@uniarts.fi)
    • Saxophone — André Jolivet: Fantaisie-Impromptu (publisher: Alphonse Leduc)

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

  • A freely selected programme with a duration of about 10 minutes. The programme may consist of one or more works or movements. Works with accompaniment are to performed with piano accompaniment. The programme may also consist of one or more solo works.

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees. Your mouthpiece must also be visible in the frame.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence, performance skills, learning capacity, understanding of the styles of various periods and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25. The final point score will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered.

Woodwind instrument – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or saxophone (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compulsory assignment (specific for each main instrument):
    • Flute — Carl Nielsen: Concerto, 1st movement Allegro moderato
    • Oboe — Robert Schumann: Three Romances for oboe and piano
    • Clarinet — C. Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
    • Bassoon — W.A. Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major K191, 1st movement and L. Milde: Concert Etude no. 1
    • Saxophone — Jacques Ibert: Concertino da camera, 1st movement Allegro con moto

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

  • A freely selected programme with a duration of about 10 minutes. The programme may consist of one or more works or movements. Works with accompaniment are to performed with piano accompaniment. The programme may also consist of one or more solo works.

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees. Your mouthpiece must also be visible in the frame.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence, performance skills, learning capacity, understanding of the styles of various periods, and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Brass instrument – French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, or tuba (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compulsory assignment (specific for each main instrument):
    • French Horn — One of the following compositions:
      • W. A. Mozart: Concerto no. 2, 1st movement; or
        W. A. Mozart: Concerto no. 4, 1st movement (with cadenza); or
        Lars-Erik Larsson: Concertino, 1st movement
    • Trumpet — Jeanine Ruff: Fantaisie Concertante (publisher: Alphonse Leduc)
    • Trombone — Alexandre Guilmant: Concert Piece op. 88
      NOTE! If you are performing on a bass trombone, your compulsory assignment is Ferdinand David: Concerto, 1st and 2nd movement (low version for bass trombone, Martin Göss)
    • Baritone horn — Joseph Horovitz: Concerto, 1st movement Moderato
    • Tuba — A. Lebedev: Concerto in A minor
  • Freely selected work (duration 5 to 10 minutes)
    • The freely selected work may be one or more movements from a concerto or a sonata
  • Learning assignment (sent to you 9 days before the video submission deadline)

Additionally, for applicants whose main instrument is the French horn:

  • B flat harmonic minor scale over three octaves; sheet music will be provided in advance.

Applicants whose main instrument is the Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone horn, or Tuba should perform their accompanied works with piano accompaniment. In case it is not possible you may also perform these works unaccompanied. Unlike the other brass instruments, applicants whose main instrument is the French horn must perform all of the compositions unaccompanied (including those that originally require accompaniment).

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees. Your mouthpiece must also be visible in the frame.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence, performance skills, learning capacity, understanding of the styles of various periods and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25. The final point score will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered.

Brass instrument – French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, or tuba (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compulsory assignment (specific for each main instrument):
    • French horn — R. Strauss: Concerto no. 1 (entire work) and 1st movement from one of the following concertos:
      • Mozart: Concerto no. 2 or no. 4
      • Haydn: Concerto no. 1 or no. 2
    • Trumpet — Haydn: Trumpet Concerto, 1st movement and Martinu: Sonatine
    • Trombone — Launy Gröndahl: Concerto, 1st movement and Paul Hindemith: Sonata, 3rd movement
      NOTE! If you are performing on a bass trombone, your obligatory assignment is A. Lebedev: Concerto and Bozza: New Orleans.
    • Baritone horn — Gordon Jacob: Fantasia
    • Tuba — R. Vaughan Williams Concerto in F minor, 1. Prelude and 2. Romanza

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

Additionally, for applicants whose main instrument is the French horn:

  • B flat harmonic minor scale over three octaves; sheet music will be provided in advance.

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Applicants whose main instrument is the French horn must record the entire audition repertoire continuously, in one take. However, the B flat minor scale may be recorded separately. If your video exceeds the 1 GB maximum, you may divide a single-take video into segments, one piece of music per segment.

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees. Your mouthpiece must also be visible in the frame.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence, performance skills, learning capacity, understanding of the styles of various periods and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Percussion (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Compuslrory assignments (sent to you with the invitation to the entrance examination, about 3.5 weeks in advance)
  • Freely selected performances on the following three instruments, about 5 minutes on each:
    • Snare drum
    • Timpani
    • Pitched percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba)
  • Introductory video: tell us briefly about yourself and your goals and why you are applying to the Sibelius Academy

The programme does not need to be performed from memory. All works must be performed without accompaniment.

Works performed on the same instrument must be recorded continuously, in a single take. You and your instrument must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Scan the sheet music for your freely selected pieces and send it to antti.rislakki@uniarts.fi before the deadline for submitting the video.

If you have problems with the availability of instruments for practice and/or recording the audition video because of the COVID19 quarantine, please contact Antti Rislakki at antti.rislakki@uniarts.fi to agree on how you could produce your audition video. In such a case, we will contact you by e-mail immediately after the compulsory assignments are sent out.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence on various instruments, performance skills, learning capacity, and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Percussion (2.5-year degree programme)

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish).

Harp (5.5-year degree programme)

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish).

Harp (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Gabriel Pierné: Impromptu-Caprice op. 9
  • Two freely chosen works representing different stylistic periods (total duration 5 to 20 minutes)
    • One of these works may have a piano accompaniment, if this can be arranged.
    • The freely selected work may be one or more movements from a concerto or a sonata

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Play facing the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. If you need further information on what would be a good camera angle for video recording, please contact paivi.severeide@uniarts.fi.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your artistic potential, technical competence, performance skills, learning capacity, understanding of the styles of various periods and educability. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

String instruments

Violin (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • A programme with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. You may freely select the repertoire, except that the programme must include the first movement with cadenza from one of the following Violin Concertos by W.A. Mozart:
    • B flat major KV 207
    • D major KV 211
    • G major KV 216
    • D major KV 218
    • A major KV 219

The programme must be performed from memory. All works must be performed unaccompanied (including those that have an accompaniment, such as movements from violin concertos).

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your hands are visible all the time. You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Violin (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • A programme with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. You may freely select the repertoire, except that the programme must include one Paganini Caprice.

The programme must be performed from memory. All works must be performed unaccompanied (including those that have an accompaniment, such as movements from violin concertos).

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your hands are visible all the time. You must be fully visible in the frame in the video. The video must not be shot from too far away.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Viola (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • You may select the repertoire freely, except that it must include one caprice by Rode and two other works that represent different stylistic periods.

The programme does not need to be performed from memory, apart from the caprice by Rode.

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Viola (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • First movement from one of the following concertos: Bartók, Hindemith (Der Schwanendreher), Walton, Schnittke, Kurtág, or Penderecki
  • A freely selected work or movement that forms a contrast with the concerto selected above

The programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Cello (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Pelase see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Two works representing different stylistic periods that demonstrate your technical and expressive capabilities. You may freely select these works. The programme must be performed from memory. Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.
  • Compulsory assignment: Popper – Étude No. 17 in C minor. The compulsory assignment is a solo work and may be performed using the score.

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Cello (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Two works representing different stylistic periods that demonstrate your technical and expressive capabilities. You may freely select these works. The programme must be performed from memory. Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.
  • Compulsory assignment: Bach: Gigue from Suite 6 in D major for cello solo. The compulsory assignment is a solo work and may be performed using the score.

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Double bass (5.5-year degree programme)

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish).

Double bass (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Part I

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • 1st and 2nd movements from one of the following concertos, without cadenzas:
    • Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass; or
    • Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass in B minor; or
    • Koussevitzky: Concerto for Double Bass
  • One etude from one of the following collections:
    • Mengoli: 20 Concert Etudes; or
    • Nanny: 20 Virtuoso Etudes; or
    • Cerny: 30 Caprices
  • This orchestral assignment:
    • Beethoven: Symphony no. 5, 3rd movement Allegro, measures 1 to 218

Works including accompaniment should be performed with accompaniment if possible. The accompaniment is to be played on a piano. If you do not have an accompanist available, then perform the works unaccompanied.

The concertos must be performed from memory. The rest of the programme does not need to be performed from memory.

Play with your profile towards the camera so that your face and hands are visible all the time. You must be visible in the frame in the video from head to knees.

Part II

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate the audition videos submitted and select some of the applicants for Part II of the entrance examination. You will be notified by e-mail if you are selected for Part II of the entrance examination.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Organ

5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system n later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • Two pieces of music in different styles that you may select freely except that one of them must be a work by J.S. Bach. Both selections must be from the Sibelius Academy level B repertoire list or equally technically demanding: https://www.uniarts.fi/dokumentit/urkujen-ohjelmistoluettelo/
  • Compulsory assignment (you will be informed of this about two weeks before the video deadline).

You must be fully visible in the frame in the video.

Demonstrating language skills

Applicants who applied for studies conducted in English will be interviewed separately to assess their English language skills if necessary. This applies to you if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical command of your instrument, your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, and your stylistic imagination. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic and technical development potential. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25. 

Classical Music Performance (vocal)

Vocal Arts (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination is in two parts. The videos for Part I and Part II must be delivered to the Sibelius Academy at the same time. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. You are responsible for producing the video required. You do not need to send the sheet music to the Sibelius Academy.

Part I

Part I of the entrance examination is a video audition. Programme for the audition video in Part I:

  • A freely selected classical solo song with piano accompaniment
  • A freely selected aria from an opera or oratorio/cantata

If you do not have a pianist available, audition videos without piano accompaniment may be accepted in exceptional cases. You may use a prerecorded accompaniment track, or you may submit recordings made earlier (but not earlier than 1 November 2019).

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II.

Part II

Part II of the entrance examination includes an audition video and a live performance via a remote connection.

Programme for the audition video:              

  • A classical solo song with piano accompaniment in your native language
  • An aria from an opera, oratorio or cantata
  • A freely selected spoken text (e.g. a monologue) in your native language, performed from memory, duration maximum 3 minutes

If you do not have a pianist available, audition videos without piano accompaniment may be accepted in exceptional cases. You may use a prerecorded accompaniment track, or you may submit recordings made earlier (but not earlier than 1 November 2019).

The part of the examination to be conducted via a remote connection includes an interview and a sight-singing assignment; the sheet music for this will be provided in the interview.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Admissions are based on applicants’ performance in the entrance examination. The entrance examination is a measure of your soloist capabilities, your musical talent and your technical and expressive capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic development potential. The interview will focus particularly on your motivation and goals and on whether you have a realistic view of the profession that you are seeking. Your language skills will also be evaluated in the interview.

Your educability for the field will be considered in the admissions process. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. Your vocal material and your artistic expressive capability are important criteria in determining your educability.

In Part II of the main instrument audition, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score of 0 to 25. This will be an overall evaluation of the applicant, taking into account the point score given in Part I. This will be the final point score for the main instrument audition.

Vocal Arts (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 202 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

Programme for your audition video:

  • One aria, one aria from a sacred work from the Baroque era, and one Lied in German
  • A freely selected spoken text (e.g. a monologue) in your native language, performed from memory, duration maximum 3 minutes

If you do not have a pianist available, audition videos without piano accompaniment may be accepted in exceptional cases. You may use a prerecorded accompaniment track, or you may submit recordings made earlier (but not earlier than 1 November 2019).

All applicants must also have an interview via a remote connection.

Your English language skills will also be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate of your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Admissions are based on applicants’ performance in the entrance examination. Admissions criteria include the general requirements for admitting a student to the university and your individual educability in the field. The entrance examination is a measure of your soloist capabilities, your musical talent and your technical and expressive capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your artistic development potential. The interview will focus particularly on your motivation and goals and on whether you have a realistic view of the profession that you are seeking. Your language skills will also be evaluated in the interview.

In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated. Your vocal material and your artistic expressive capability are important criteria in determining your educability.

The main instrument audition and educability evaluation are weighted at 100%. The Entrance Examination Board will give the applicants point scores based on their overall examination performance, i.e. considering the advance assignments as well. Your point score in the entrance examination proper will be your final score. The Entrance Examination Board will give each applicant a point score on a scale of 0 to 25.

Opera Coaching (2.5-year degree programme)

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish).

Composition and Music Theory

Composition (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The Entrance Examination Board will select applicants to be invited to the entrance examination on the basis of advance assignments.

The entrance examination includes the following subparts:

  • Aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants
  • Instrument auditions and interview

Applicants invited to the entrance examination will be sent a composition assignment and an essay assignment based on reading material on the history of music (maximum 2 pages). You must submit your responses to the essay assignment and the composition assignment to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time) and prepare to give a presentation on your composition assignment in the interview.

In the interview, you must also present a brief statement that you have prepared in advance (maximum 50 words) on what you are expecting from composition studies. You must also submit your text to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

Aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants:

The tests will be conducted by e-mail, in an online environment and/or via a remote connection. The tests are a measure of your aural skills and analysis capabilities, your ability to write about music and your knowledge of the theory and history of music. The test may include assignments testing your sight-reading skills and listening comprehension, and assignments for instance in any of the following: thorough bass realisation, sonata form and other traditional form (e.g. identifying section boundaries and cadences), basic concepts of post-tonal harmony, texture comprehension by ear.

Instrument auditions:

Record your instrument auditions on video and deliver the video file through the Studyinfo system no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable piece of music; a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata; a freely selected piece of music; and any other instrument auditions you wish to include (secondary instrument(s)). You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

If your main instrument is not the piano, perform a classical sonata or two other works of equal technical demand on your main instrument and a freely selected work on the piano. You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

Interview:

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. The interview will focus on your ability to explain compositional decisions, your motivation for composition and systematic study of composition, your knowledge of repertoire and your theoretical and analytical capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will also consider your educability in the composition and music theory degree programme.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

You are required to have a good basic command of music theory, aural skills and practical music-making, and also a knowledge of Western art music. You are also required to be musically creative. Admissions focus on these aspects:

  • Technical competence in composition
  • Capability for personal artistic expression
  • Sufficient competence in music theory
  • Sufficient competence in your main instrument (and the piano) (practical musicianship)
  • Sufficient knowledge of Western art music
  • Educability and motivation for composition studies

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Advance assignment (composition portfolio) 20%
  • Aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants, and music history essay 40%
  • Interview (including review of the composition assignment and the instrument auditions) 40%

Composition (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The Entrance Examination Board will select applicants to be invited to the entrance examination on the basis of advance assignments.

The entrance examination includes the following subparts:

  • Composition assignment and pre-prepared text
  • Music theory and analysis tests
  • Instrument auditions and interview

Applicants invited to the entrance examination will be sent a composition assignment with the invitation. You must submit your response to the composition assignment by e-mail to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

In the interview, you must also make a brief statement that you have prepared in advance (maximum 100 words) on what you are expecting from composition studies, what compositional issues you are interested in and what kind of composition projects you would like to work on. You must also submit your text to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

Music theory and analysis tests:

The tests will be conducted by e-mail and/or in an online environment. The music theory and analysis tests require a command of the harmony and voice-leading principles of Western art music and an ability to apply these in a variety of practical situations. The tests are a measure of your skills and knowledge in various area of harmony and voice-leading and of your ability to systematically analyse Western art music from various eras. The tests are also a measure of your analytical insights, your ability to write about music (read or heard) and your knowledge of the theory and history of music.

The Sibelius Academy recommends reading Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter. This is used as a textbook at the bachelor’s level at the Sibelius Academy.

Instrument auditions:

Record your instrument auditions on video and deliver the video file through the Studyinfo system no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable piece of music; a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata; a freely selected piece of music; and any other instrument auditions you wish to include (secondary instrument(s)). You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

If your main instrument is not the piano, perform a classical sonata or two other works of equal technical demand on your main instrument and a freely selected work on the piano. You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

Interview:

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. The interview will focus on your ability to explain compositional decisions, your motivation for composition and systematic study of composition, your knowledge of repertoire and your theoretical and analytical capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will also consider your educability in the composition and music theory degree programme.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission, candidates must have the capability to complete master’s-level studies in the composition and music theory degree programme, i.e. a capability equivalent to that required for a Bachelor of Music degree. Admissions focus on these aspects:

  • Advanced technical competence in composition
  • Advanced independent artistic vision
  • Sufficient competence in music theory
  • Sufficient competence in your main instrument (and the piano) (practical musicianship)
  • Sufficient knowledge of Western art music, particularly contemporary music
  • Educability and motivation for composition studies

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Advance assignment (composition portfolio) 25%
  • Composition assignment and pre-prepared text 10%
  • Music theory and analysis tests 25%
  • Interview (including instrument auditions) 40%

Music Theory (5.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Applicants invited to the entrance examination will be sent an essay assignment based on reading material on the history of music. Deliver the essay (maximum 2 pages) by e-mail to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

The entrance examination is in two parts: Part I comprises aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants, and music history essay. Part II comprises instrument auditions and an interview.

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, some applicants will be invited to Part II. Applicants invited to Part II will be notified by e-mail along with instructions and the timetable for Part II.

Aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants:

The tests will be conducted by e-mail, in an online environment and/or via a remote connection. The tests are a measure of your aural skills and analysis capabilities, your ability to write about music and your knowledge of the theory and history of music. The test may include assignments testing your sight-reading skills and listening comprehension, and assignments for instance in any of the following: thorough bass, sonata form and other traditional form (e.g. identifying section boundaries and cadences), basic concepts of post-tonal harmony, texture comprehension by ear.

Instrument auditions:

Record your instrument auditions on video and deliver the video file through the Studyinfo system no later tha 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable piece of music; a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata; a freely selected piece of music; and any other instrument auditions you wish to include (secondary instrument(s)). You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

If your main instrument is not the piano, perform a classical sonata or two other works of equal technical demand on your main instrument and a freely selected work on the piano. You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

Interview:

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. The interview will focus on your ability to analyse compositions, your motivation for entering this field, your knowledge of repertoire and your theoretical and analytical capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will also consider your educability in the composition and music theory degree programme. You may present compositions, arrangements or research papers written by you or similar merits in the interview if you wish.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

You are required to have a good basic command of music theory, aural skills and practical music-making, and also a knowledge of Western art music. Admissions focus on these aspects:

  • Sufficient competence in music theory
  • Sufficient knowledge of music (particularly Western art music)
  • Sufficient competence in your main instrument (and the piano) (practical musicianship)
  • Motivation for music theory studies
  • Educability

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Aural skills, theory and analysis tests for Composition and Music Theory applicants, and music history essay 60%
  • Interview (including instrument auditions) 40%

Music Theory (2.5-year degree programme)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

You will be sent an essay assignment and a music analysis assignment with the invitation to the entrance examination. You must submit your responses by e-mail to siba.satevalinnat@uniarts.fi no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

The entrance examination includes the following subparts:

  • Music theory and analysis tests
  • Instrument auditions and interview

Some of the applicants will be invited to an interview, based on the music theory and analysis test scores. Applicants invited to Part II will be notified by e-mail along with instructions and the timetable for Part II.

Music theory and analysis tests:

The tests will be conducted by e-mail and/or in an online environment. The music theory and analysis tests require a command of the harmony and voice-leading principles of Western art music and an ability to apply these in a variety of practical situations. The tests are a measure of your skills and knowledge in various area of harmony and voice-leading and of your ability to systematically analyse Western art music from various eras. The tests are also a measure of your analytical insights, your ability to write about music (read or heard) and your knowledge of the theory and history of music.

The Sibelius Academy recommends reading Harmony and Voice Leading by Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter. This is used as a textbook at the bachelor’s level at the Sibelius Academy.

Instrument auditions:

Record your instrument auditions on video and deliver the video file through the Studyinfo system no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

If your main instrument is the piano, perform an Invention by J.S. Bach or a comparable piece of music; a fast movement from a Viennese Classical sonata; a freely selected piece of music; and any other instrument auditions you wish to include (secondary instrument(s)). You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

If your main instrument is not the piano, perform a classical sonata or two other works of equal technical demand on your main instrument and a freely selected work on the piano. You may perform excerpts from extensive works. You may also include improvisation or other demonstrations of your practical musicianship skills (maximum 4 minutes). The programme must be no more than 15 minutes in all.

Interview:

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. The interview will focus on your ability to analyse compositions, your motivation for entering this field, your knowledge of repertoire and your theoretical and analytical capabilities. The Entrance Examination Board will also consider your educability in the composition and music theory degree programme. You may present compositions, arrangements or research papers written by you or similar merits in the interview if you wish.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission, candidates must have the capability to complete master’s-level studies in the composition and music theory degree programme, i.e. capability equivalent to that required for a Bachelor of Music degree. Admissions focus on these aspects:

  • Sufficient competence in music theory
  • Sufficient research competence
  • Sufficient knowledge of music (particularly Western art music)
  • Sufficient competence in your main instrument (and the piano) (practical musicianship)
  • Motivation for music theory studies
  • Educability

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Essay and music analysis assignment(s) 20%
  • Music theory and analysis tests 40%
  • Interview (including instrument auditions) 40%

Conducting

The degree programme has three main subjects: orchestral conducting, wind orchestra conducting and choral conducting. The wind orchestra conducting further has two specialisations: the general specialisation and military conductor training.

Orchestral Conducting (5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes)

Applicants for the 5.5-year programme and applicants for the 2.5-year programme will be evaluated in separate groups.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination has multiple parts, consisting of the following:

1) Audition video

You will be evaluated on the basis of the pre-examination assignment you submit (conducting demonstration). However, we recommend that you also submit new or previously recorded additional video material (about 5 to 8 minutes) of you rehearsing an orchestra. This material must not be more than six months old.

Additionally, for this entrance examination you must also submit a video recording at least 5 minutes long of you playing your main instrument. You may freely select the work to perform, but it must give the Entrance Examination Board a good idea of your technical and artistic competence. This work may be performed without accompaniment. Your face and hands must be visible throughout the video. The video must consist of a single take, no editing.

Submit your video performances through the Studyinfo system no later than 30 April 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

A selection of applicants will be invited to the next part of the entrance examination on the basis of the point scores awarded for their video material.

2) Aural skills and theory test (20 min per applicant)

In this test, you will be asked to perform sight-reading, score analysis and listening assignments. You will be sent advance material two days before the test.

A selection of applicants who took the aural skills and theory test will be invited for an interview.

3) Interview

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. For the interview, you must familiarise yourself with the assigned piece of music that will be sent to you one week before the interview.

In the interview, you may be asked questions related to interpretation, style, instrumentation and conducting technique based on the assigned piece of music. You will also be asked to read and play the score on the piano (one or two lines simultaneously). If you do not have a piano available, you may sing parts from the score and analyse the music for the Entrance Examination Board.

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your suitability for the orchestral conducting degree programme on the basis of the interview.

If invited to the interview, your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

You are required to have a wide range of soloistic and theoretical capabilities and experience of playing in an ensemble.

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical and musical skills and your educability in relation to the demands of the degree programme. The Entrance Examination Board will consider your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, your stylistic imagination and your control in conducting an ensemble. Your development potential will be gauged both artistically and in terms of leadership skills. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

Wind Orchestra Conducting, general specialisation (5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes)

Applicants for the 5.5-year programme and applicants for the 2.5-year programme will be evaluated in separate groups.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination has multiple parts, which must all be completed by those applicants who were selected based on their pre-examination assignments and invited to the entrance examination.

1) Audition video

You will be evaluated on the basis of the pre-examination assignment you submit (conducting demonstration). However, we recommend that you also submit new or previously recorded additional video material (at least 10 minutes) of you rehearsing an orchestra (wind orchestra or any other ensemble). This material must not be more than 12 months old.

Additionally, for this entrance examination you must also submit a video recording at least 5 minutes long of you playing your main instrument. You may freely select the work to perform, but it must give the Entrance Examination Board a good idea of your technical and artistic competence. This work may be performed without accompaniment. Your face and hands must be visible throughout the video. The video must consist of a single shot, no editing.

Submit your video performances through the Studyinfo system no later than 30 April 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

2) Aural skills and theory test (20 min per applicant)

In this test, you will be asked to perform sight-singing, score analysis, and listening assignments. You will be sent advance material two days before the test.

3) Interview

The interview will be conducted via a remote connection. For the interview, you must familiarise yourself with the assigned piece of music that will be sent to you one week before the interview.

In the interview, you may be asked questions related to interpretation, style, instrumentation, and conducting technique based on the assigned piece of music. You will also be asked to read and play the score on the piano (one or two lines simultaneously). If you do not have a piano available, you may sing parts from the score and analyse the music for the Entrance Examination Board.

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your suitability for the wind orchestra conducting degree programme on the basis of the interview.

If invited to the interview, your English language skills will be tested in the interview if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

You are required to have a wide range of soloistic and theoretical capabilities and experience of playing in an ensemble.

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical and musical skills and your educability in relation to the demands of the degree programme. The Entrance Examination Board will consider your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, your stylistic imagination and your control in conducting an ensemble. Your development potential will be gauged both artistically and in terms of leadership skills. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The final score of the entrance examination is the sum of the point scores given for the various subparts.

Military Orchestra Conducting

TUITION IS OFFERED IN FINNISH AND SWEDISH LANGUAGES ONLY.

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish or Swedish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish or Swedish).

Choral Conducting (5.5-year and 2.5-year degree programmes)

Applicants for the 5.5-year programme and applicants for the 2.5-year programme will be evaluated in separate groups.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination has multiple parts, consisting of the following:

PART I

1) Audition video

Submit the following, in one or several video files, through the Studyinfo system no later than 8 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

  • A freely selected piece of music performed on an instrument (3 to 10 minutes). Both you and the instrument must be clearly visible in the video. You must state the name of the composer and of the piece at the beginning of the video.
  • A freely selected piece of vocal music sung without accompaniment (3 to 10 minutes). You must state the name of the composer and of the piece at the beginning of the video.
  • A brief introduction of yourself (3 to 5 minutes). In this introduction, you must answer these questions:
    • Why do you want to study at the Sibelius Academy?
    • Where do you see yourself professionally ten years from now?
    • Are you able to commit to full-time study and attendance at the Sibelius Academy for the duration of your studies?
  • Your audition video (conducting audition) will also be used as part of the evaluation. If your original audition material did not include video from a rehearsal conducted by you, we recommend that you send such an extract now (about 5 minutes), if at all possible.

You must be clearly visible in every video. Please state your name at the beginning of every video.

2) Music theory, aural skills and analysis test via a group video conference call (about 2 hours)

For music theory, aural skills and analysis assignments, you will be invited to join a group interview via remote connection. For this test, you will need two media devices (e.g. a phone and a tablet, or a phone/tablet and a computer), headphones and writing materials. Detailed instructions will be sent to you by e-mail.

During the conference call, you will be sent audio and PDF files by e-mail, and you will be asked to complete various assignments. You are to take clearly legible photos of your responses and send them to the Entrance Examination Board by text message or e-mail.

Selected applicants may be invited to Part II of the entrance examination on the basis of these tests.

PART II

1) Sight-reading and transposition test and private video calls (about 30 minutes)

For applicants invited to Part II of the entrance examination, a private interview will be held via remote connection. If selected, you will be sent assignments by e-mail in advance. You must not disclose these assignments to anyone before all applicants invited to Part II of the entrance examination have completed this part.

You must have a piano and a tuning fork available. There must be no other people in the room during your interview. You must be able to receive documents on a device that you can place on the piano and look at during the score playing and transposition test.

This component test includes:

  • Sight-singing
  • Sight-reading a score
  • Transposing a score
  • Giving pitches using a tuning fork
  • Your views on pieces of music sent to you in advance and conducting solutions for the technical exercise sent to you in advance

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

2) Further interview (only if required)

If the Entrance Examination Board has any further questions for applicants invited to Part II of the entrance examination, a private further interview via remote connection may be arranged. No further interviews will be held if the Entrance Examination Board considers that they have gained all the information they need during the entrance examination proper.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applicants for the 5.5-year degree programme are required to have a wide range of soloistic and theoretical capabilities, choir conducting skills and experience of making music in an ensemble. Applicants for the 2.5-year degree programme are required to have a wide range of soloistic and theoretical capabilities, good choir conducting skills and experience of making music in an ensemble.

The entrance examination is a measure of your technical and musical skills and your educability in relation to the demands of the degree programme. The Entrance Examination Board will consider your musical perception and expressiveness, your learning ability, your stylistic imagination and your control in conducting an ensemble.

Your development potential will be gauged both artistically and in terms of leadership skills. In determining your educability, the Entrance Examination Board will consider your potential for studying a sufficient volume of repertoire to a high standard consistent with the degree requirements within the study time allocated.

The final score of the entrance examination is the sum of the point scores given for the various subparts.

Folk Music

5.5-year and 2.5-year programmes

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Every part of the entrance examination may consist of several subparts. Every part of the entrance examination must be completed.

The main part of the instrument/voice audition will be the programme performed on your main instrument. In this, you must demonstrate a command of instrument or voice skills and a familiarity with folk music performance practices. The repertoire may consist of traditional or new folk music, folk music material composed by yourself, and improvisation. The programme must include a segment that demonstrates your familiarity with Finnish traditional folk music.

The programme must be performed without sheet music and without an accompaniment, except that bass and percussion players may have an assisting musician for part of the programme.

PART I

Part I of the entrance examination consists of the following subparts: Instrument/voice audition and motivation essay.

Instrument/voice audition

Instead of the examination session, we are having a video audition. You are responsible for producing the video required.

You are to perform a programme with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. In addition to performing on your main instrument, you may include a sample of your secondary instrument and voice performance.

At the end of the performance, you must give a talk about what kind of folk music professional you would like to become after graduation and how you could contribute to the development and evolution of the field of folk music. This talk may last no more than 5 minutes.

Submit your performance and talk in a single video file through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. If your video exceeds the 1 GB maximum, you may divide a single-take video into segments.

Motivation essay

Submit to the Entrance Examination Board a motivation essay, no more than three (3) pages long. You may title it as you wish. The essay must include the following details:

  • Your musical background, your education, and your relationship to folk music
  • Your experience of making music in an ensemble or other musical communication, if any
  • Your other activities related to folk music (e.g. teaching, research, organising, volunteering or other communal activities)
  • Why you are applying to study folk music at the Sibelius Academy.

Submit your motivation essay through the Studyinfo system no later than 13 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate technical instructions.

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, a maximum of 15 applicants will be invited to Part II.

PART II

Part II of the entrance examination will be conducted via a remote connection.

You are to perform a programme with a maximum duration of 15 minutes. In addition to performing on your main instrument, you must include a voice performance if you are an instrumentalist and an instrument performance if you are a singer. You may include other side instrument segments in the performance. The programme in Part II must be different from the programme you performed in Part I. The Entrance Examination Board will interview you in connection with the examination.

The applicants selected for Part II will also be required to take an additional test on structural awareness of music, pitch perception, tone memory, and knowledge of music theory. The test includes transcription assignments, a sight singing assignment and rhythm and melody repetition assignments. The test further includes learning a melody by ear on your main instrument.

In the instrument/voice audition in Part II, the Entrance Examination Board will give you point scores based on your overall examination performance, i.e. considering Part I as well. The point scores given for the instrument/voice audition in Part II are the final scores.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The evaluation will be based on the Entrance Examination Board’s consideration of your entrance examination performance — skills, knowledge and musical abilities, and also educability in the field. The entrance examination evaluates your technical and expressive capabilities, your perception skills, and your familiarity with folk music.

The subparts are weighted as follows:

  • Instrument/voice audition, 80% of the point score
  • Additional test, 10% of the point score
  • Motivation essay, 5% of the point score
  • Talk and interview, 5% of the point score

Global Music

5.5-year education

You may audition on any main instrument or voice, including traditional instruments from around the world. You may also be considered with a focus in pedagogy or composition.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination consists of four parts. All parts are compulsory. You cannot be admitted if you do not complete all the parts of the examination.

Part 1: Video recording

Record a live video performing pieces of your own choice, which demonstrate your own identity, musical background, or form of musical expression. This may include traditional and/or contemporary pieces. Your own compositions may also be included as part of this programme. The performance may be solo and/or with accompanying musicians. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system (see separate instructions) no later than 11 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

If you do not have access to recording equipment, you may compile a 10-minute video of previous live performance excerpts.

Please note:

  • The video must be made up of live performances only
  • The video must not exceed 10 minutes

Part 2:

Using improvisation, you are asked to interact and contribute creatively through a remote connection to musical material sent to you as audio files. No written music will be used. This part of the entrance examination may also involve small ear training exercises including learning rhythmic and melodic phrases in real time.

Part 3:

A short discussion will be held with you and the Entrance Examination Board via a remote connection. During the discussion you are asked to outline your motivation for wanting to study global music and any longer term goals. The Board may also ask other questions as needed.

Based on their performance during parts 1, 2 and 3, a select group will then be invited to attend part 4 of the entrance examination.

Part 4:

Part 4 consists of a series of creative, interactive tasks that will be sent to you and accomplished online. Tasks will involve work away from instruments as well as some tasks using your instrument or voice. This section will also involve a discussion in a group made up of other Global Music applicants via a remote connection. The Entrance Examination Board will follow your ability to adapt to the different tasks, as well as your ability to collaborate with others.

Part 4 will also involve a theory and listening test, as well as a hand-written essay in English on a given topic.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part 4 if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

ASSESSMENT

Based on your performance in the entrance examination, the Entrance Examination Board will assess your present skills and your suitability for musical education and a career in music. Key assessment criteria includes:

  • Instrumental / vocal / performance skills and quality of expression
  • Presence of a unique core artistic identity (traditional, contemporary, or other)
  • Listening, communication and interaction during the creative tasks
  • Ability to clearly articulate reasons for wanting to study in the Global Music Department and longer term aims and hopes
  • Level of awareness and understanding of the intercultural environment and concept of community engagement
  • Level of listening skills and ability to articulate your thoughts and ideas in verbal and written forms
  • The selection process also takes into consideration the formation of a well-balanced and versatile student ensemble.

The parts of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

  • The performance audition and improvisation (parts 1 and 2) amount to a total of 75 %
  • The interactive tasks and discussion amounts to a total of 20 %
  • Theory, listening test and essay amount to a total of 5 %

2.5-year education

You may audition on any main instrument or voice, including traditional instruments from around the world. You may also be considered with a focus in pedagogy or composition.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

The entrance examination consists of five parts. All parts are compulsory.

Part 1: Video recording (10 minutes)

Record a live video performing pieces of your own choice, which demonstrate your own identity, musical background, or form of musical expression. This may include traditional and/or contemporary pieces. Your own compositions may also be included as part of this programme. The performance may be solo and/or with accompanying musicians. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system (see separate instructions) no later than 11 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time).

If you do not have access to recording equipment, you may compile a 10-minute video of live performance excerpts.

Please note:

  • The video must be made up of live performances only
  • The video must not exceed 10 minutes

Part 2: (10 minutes)

Lead a Global Music student through the process of learning or contributing to a small piece of music. This may be just a small taste of a musical idea or concept and does not have to result in a finished piece of music. The musician will be provided for you through a remote connection and you will use musical material of your own choice.

The Board will focus on your communication and pedagogical skills, including your ability to facilitate the process of collaborating with a Global Music student.

Part 3: (5 to 10 minutes)

Using improvisation, you are asked to interact and contribute creatively through a remote connection to musical material sent to you as audio files. No written music will be used. This part of the entrance examination may also involve small ear training exercises including call and response rhythms and melodic phrases.

Part 4: Interview (5 to 10 minutes)

A short discussion will be held between you and the Entrance Examination Board via a remote connection. During the discussion you are asked to outline your motivation for wanting to study global music and any longer-term goals. You will also be asked about your ideas for the focus of your field trip and master project. The Board may also ask other questions as needed.

Based on their performance during parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, a select group will then be invited to attend part 5 of the entrance examination.

Part 5:

Part 5 consists of a series of creative, interactive tasks that will be sent to you and accomplished online. Tasks will involve work away from instruments as well as some tasks using your instrument or voice. This section will also involve a discussion in a group made up of other Global Music applicants via a remote connection. The Entrance Examination Board will follow your ability to adapt to the different tasks, as well as your ability to work collaboratively within a group.

Part 5 will also involve a theory and listening test, as well as a hand-written essay in English on a given topic.

Your English language skills will be tested in an interview in Part 5 if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

ASSESSMENT

The Examination Board will assess your suitability for education and a career in music based on all aspects of the entrance examination. Key assessment criteria includes:

  • Instrumental / vocal / performance skills and quality of expression
  • Presence of a unique core artistic identity (traditional, contemporary or other)
  • Listening, communication and interaction during the creative tasks
  • Pedagogical skills when leading task 2
  • Ability to clearly articulate reasons for wanting to study in the Global Music Department and longer term aims and goals
  • Level of awareness and understanding of the intercultural environment and concept of community engagement
  • Level of listening skills and ability to articulate your thoughts and ideas in verbal and written forms
  • The selection process also takes into consideration the formation of a well-balanced and versatile student ensemble.

The parts of the entrance examination are weighted as follows:

  • The performance audition, improvisation and leading, interview (parts 1, 2, 3 and 4) amount to a total of 75 %
  • The interactive workshop and discussion amounts to a total of 20 %
  • Theory, listening test and essay amount to a total of 5 %

Jazz

Instrument or vocal studies (5.5-year education)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

Every part of the entrance examination may consist of several subparts. Every subpart must be completed.

PART I

Part I consists of an audition video the content of which you may freely select. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 22 April 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. The video may be a concert or rehearsal recording, or a recording specially made for this entrance examination. It is recommended that the video include ensemble playing. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate your jazz music skills at this moment in time in the best possible way.

If you do not have a video suitable for submission and are not able to make one, the Entrance Examination Board may accept an audio recording.

You may also add Internet links to other material to your application, which the Entrance Examination Board may then take into consideration.

Your audition video must be no longer than 10 minutes. If you are unable to edit your video to the specified length by the deadline, you must include clear instructions to the Entrance Examination Board as to which portion(s) of the video they should listen to.

On the basis of point scores awarded for Part I of the entrance examination, a maximum of 15 applicants will be invited to Part II. You will be notified by e-mail of whether you have been selected for Part II.

PART II

Part II of the entrance examination consists of the following subparts: an instrument/voice audition, an aural skills test, and a brief interview.

Instrument/voice audition

The instrument/voice audition in Part II of the entrance examination includes an audition video and a live performance via a remote connection. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 4 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. You will be notified of the programme for the audition video no later than two days before the deadline. 

Part II will also include some of the following, performed via a remote connection:

  • Sight-reading assignment
  • Comping and improvisation assignment
  • Aural skills assignment
  • Interview

A maximum of 45 minutes will be allowed per applicant.

Aural skills test

The aural skills test will be conducted via a remote connection. The aural skills test will gauge your command, by singing, of a tonality based on the principal harmonies in a key and your understanding of African-American rhythms (rhythm dictation).

Test assignments from previous years are available on the admissions website of Uniarts Helsinki. These will give you an idea of the skill level required. LINK: Old entrance examination tasks.

The Entrance Examination Board may ask questions related to music theory in the test. You may prepare for the theory test for example with The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The point scores given for Part II are the final scores.

The evaluation will be based on the Entrance Examination Board’s consideration of your entrance examination performance — skills, knowledge, musical abilities, and educability in the field. The entrance examination is a measure of your command of your instrument, your ensemble playing skills and your musical vision for jazz. The interview in Part II is for gaining an impression of your study motivation, your future prospects and your artistic aspirations.

In both Part I and Part II, the Entrance Examination Board will award applicants a point score from 0 to 25. The point score for Part II will represent an overall evaluation; in other words, Part I of the entrance examination will also be considered.

Nordic Master in Jazz Music, NOMAZZ (2.5-year education)

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION

PART I

You must submit to the Entrance Examination Board a video no more than 15 minutes long, with a programme selected by yourself, demonstrating your performance skills and artistic approach. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 22 April 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions.

The video may be a concert or rehearsal recording, or a recording specially made for this entrance examination. It is recommended that the video include ensemble playing. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate your jazz music skills at this moment in time in the best possible way.

You may also add Internet links to other material to your application, which the Entrance Examination Board may then take into consideration.

Based on the audition videos, the Board will select a maximum of 7 applicants to attend Part II of the entrance examination. Applicants will be informed by e-mail.

PART II

Part II consists of an instrumental assignment given by the Entrance Examination Board. There will also be a sight-reading test and an interview held via a remote connection.

You must deliver the video recording to Sibelius Academy via the Studyinfo portal. Submit your video performance through the Studyinfo system no later than 4 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate video instructions. You will receive the instrumental assignment separately by e-mail no later than two days before the deadline.

In addition to the video recording, the audition includes a sight-reading test and an interview in English.

In the interview, you will be asked to discuss your aims regarding the degree programme, your career and your future plans as a jazz musician. For the interview, you must also submit a short (250 word) motivation letter via the Studyinfo portal no later than 4 May 2020 at 3pm EET (Finnish time). Please see the separate technical intructions. The motivation letter should include a description of your musical background, recent musical activities and musical aims, along with your reasons for applying to the programme. You should include your ideas on what your study plan might be like: topic, subjects, specific teachers, etc. The motivation letter must be submitted in PDF format, and it must state your name and the main subject you are applying to.

A maximum of 45 minutes will be allowed per applicant.

Your English language skills will be tested in the interview in Part II if you signed up for the English-language test provided by Uniarts Helsinki when applying or if you declared that you will submit a certificate on your English language skills by 10 July 2020 but are now unable to submit that certificate because of the current exceptional circumstances.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The Entrance Examination Board will evaluate your skills, knowledge, educability and suitability for the profession, as demonstrated by you in the entrance examination. The entrance examination is a measure of your command of jazz-oriented tonality and rhythms, your ensemble playing skills and your musical vision for jazz. The interview is for gaining an impression of your study motivation, your future prospects and your artistic aspirations.

The most important part of the entrance examinations is the programme chosen by yourself, displaying your artistic quality and musical skills. You are expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in mastering your instrument(s) or voice in the audition.

Music Education

TUITION IS OFFERED IN THE FINNISH AND SWEDISH LANGUAGES ONLY.

Please see the admissions guide in Finnish or Swedish (change the website’s language settings to Finnish or Swedish).