Professional Master in Innovative Choir Leading

The professional master course is for music teachers and others with a passed music education containing choir conducting at a bachelor level or equivalent qualifications with at least two years relevant professional experience with choir conducting.

60 ECTS – part-time study

The programme is associated with the RAMA Vocal Center at campus Aalborg; an internationally recognized center of ‘Innovative Choir Leading’ created by Professor Jim Daus Hjernøe.


How do you make vocal music sound just ‘right’ when it comes to styles such as pop, rock, jazz, gospel, world, improvisation, and vocal painting? Many choirs and a cappella groups face this challenge in rehearsal as well as in performances featuring these musical styles.

The Innovative Choir Leading studies provides the answers to meet this challenge, where choir directors from all over the World attend as students to be educated by a renowned team of world-class teachers, ensuring the highest pedagogical and artistic level of all.


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The teacher team has references to Bobby McFerrin, The Real Group, Touché, and Vocal Line, assisted by top guest teachers in beatboxing and concert design.

Furthermore, these classes are offered: Methodology, masterclasses, big choir, voice by Sus Steensig, voice theory by Signe Højmark, piano by Jens Nørholm, ear training/theory by Martin Granum, move & groove by Lene Nørgaard, pedagogy by Øyvind Lyngseth, beatboxing by RoxorLoops and concert design by Astrid Vang-Pedersen.


The programme is a part-time study programme consisting of four semesters and corresponds to one full study year of 60 ECTS.

The programme will take place on three-day boot camps (IRL) at RAMA Vocal Center Campus Aalborg three times per semester and online video conferencing every Monday morning.

Dates for boot camps: See below.

General information

Application deadline, tuition fee, etc.: Click here
Need help? Contact study coordinator Anne Vilsen

Admission requirements

Because of the covid-19 pandemic, we know you can’t make a new video with your choir. Instead, we would like you to send us a link to a youtube clip or similar, where you stand in front of a vocal ensemble for a rehearsal or a concert.

A detailed description of the admission test: Click here

Apply online: Click here (the new deadline is April 15, 2021)

The admission test is designed to provide a full picture of the musical background and teaching skills of the applicant. Part of the teaching takes place via video conferencing, where students and teachers meet from different countries, which is why the admission test is naturally conducted via video conferencing.

The admission test consists of two parts

Part one: Choir leading (30 minutes). The applicant works with his/her own mid/upper-level vocal ensemble consisting of a minimum of 12 singers and a minimum of 4 voice parts. This is conducted via video recording.

Part two: Interview, voice- and piano test (30 minutes). In connection with the interview, a test in piano and singing will be conducted. It is optional to show up in person on Campus Aalborg or via video conferencing.

Important dates

  • The application deadline for registration for the admission test in May is April 15, 2021. Apply online here.
  • Information meeting about the actual admission test in May takes place via video conferencing on Friday, April 16, 2021, from 14-15h. Here we give advice and guidance and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
  • No later than Monday, April 19, 2021, the applicant submits his/her thoughts concerning the planning and content of the admission test with a description of the choir and chosen repertoire. A copy of the material (scores, lyrics, etc.) to be used for the admission test must be submitted as a pdf.
  • The set assignment will be assigned on Friday, April 23, 2021. Then you have until Sunday, May 3, 2021, to record a non-edited “one-time-through” video of 30 minutes, including all admission test requirements regarding choir leading (not the voice- and piano test). The deadline for submission of the video is Sunday, May 3, 2020.
  • The interview, voice- and piano test take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2020. It is optional to show up in person on Campus Aalborg or via video conferencing.

All information will be provided via e-mail by Anne Vilsen

Dates for Boot Camps

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Questions regarding the admission test and signing up can be asked study coordinator Anne Vilsen on [email protected] / tel. +45 72 267 482

Questions regarding the pedagogical and artistic content of the study can be asked by professor Jim Daus Hjernøe at [email protected]

Questions regarding the studies in general in Aalborg can be asked by head of studies Esben Elvstrøm on [email protected] / tel. +45 72 267 484

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