CAS in Orchestral Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Orchestral Studies is a continuing education specialization (post-diploma degree) aimed at musicians who wish to broaden their repertoire knowledge and enhance their interpretative skills in relation to the orchestral repertoire.

The duration is 1 years (2 semesters).

Applications are open until May 15.
Audition examinations usually take place on the second half of June.

The list of teachers is available on this link.

Admissions criteria
Candidates may be admitted if they meet the following criteria:
- have finished a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
- have submitted a complete application dossier
- have successfully passed their admissions audition. For the auditions, candidates must perform in front of an commission a 30 minute programme in which they play some of the most representative pieces of their instrument’s repertoire. Alternatively, candidates may send to the Head of Advanced Studies a link to a recent recording of a live performance (non-edited video) of the same 30 minute programme. The recording must be in high quality and should not be older than 2 weeks
- have successfully passed an admissions interview

The programme costs CHF 5’000, that correspond to the following fees:
- Registration fee CHF 250
- Semester administrative fee CHF 250
- Semester fee CHF 2’000
- Final exam fee CHF 250

Participants will receive 17 sixty-minute lessons per year with their main instrument teacher.
Furthermore, participation to a selection of seminars/activities is mandatory. 

The course leads to the acquisition of 20 ECTS credits, divided as follows:
- Main instrument 14 ECTS per year
- Mock Audition 4 ECTS
- Seminars/Activities 2 ECTS

At the end of their studies, participants will receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies SUPSI in Orchestral Studies diploma, under the condition that they:
- have acquired all required ECTS credits
- have successfully sit the final examination. The final examination consists of a simulated audition

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the titles that it awards are recognized by the Federal Government according to the law relating to Professional University Schools, 2 October 1995 and subsequent revisions.

This title is not a professional qualification and does not qualify holders to teach in public schools in Switzerland.

Participants must observe the Study Regulations of the University of Music. The University of Music reserves itself the right not to open the course in particular circumstances.

Suspending or terminating participation
During their studies, participants may suspend or terminate their studies.


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Carlo Ciceri

Head of Advanced Studies