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Ber­gen Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra

  • ECTS: 2 credits per project.
  • Year of study: Project-based, after agreement with the orchestra.
  • Final assessment: Continuous assessment and concert.
  • Prerequisites: Audition, only for string instruments.
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian or English.

Course description

The course is project-based and results in 2 credits per project. Admissions are done by Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (BFO) after auditions.

Auditions are held at the end of week 40 at the Academy, joint with the strings audition project. Students must announce at the start of week 40 if they wish to audition for ensemble practice in BFO, and do not need to apply for the course before this.

Ensemble practice in BFO is only offered to strings.

The ensemble practice will not replace ensemble duty at the Academy.

Which projects the student will participate in will be arranged between the student and the orchestra. Registration of participation is done at the end of the academic year.

Travel and board will be covered.


Learning objectives

On completion of the course students are expected to have knowledge and skills when working in professional orchestras.


Students will play the planned repertoire for the project week(s). The orchestra will decide how many and which projects each student will participate in.

Each student will have an BFO musician as supervisor, but will participate on the same level as the other orchestra musicians.


The projects will follow the orchestra's concert plan. One project period normally lasts one week (possibly including the weekend), with daily rehearsals and a final concert.

Audition repertoire

The library has all titles, but they cannot guarantee availability.

Students must organise accompaniment on their own.

Earlier audition repertoire has been:

  • Violin: Mozart violin concert no. 3, 4 or 5: 1st movement and cadenza
  • Viola: Hoffmeister or Stamitz viola concert, 1st movement and cadenza
  • Cello: Haydn cello concerto in D Major, 1st movement with cadenza
  • Double bass: Optional double bass concert, 1st movement with cadenza

Course requirements

Mandatory participation in all rehearsals and concerts throughout the project.

Final assessment

All course requirements must be approved prior to obtaining final assessment.

Assessment is based on learning objectives. Final assessment is given as a pass/fail mark, which is determined by the orchestra based on each student’s level of achievement throughout the course period.

New assessment

In the case of re-assessment, students must retake the course (one project).

Study component

Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 1, 2021