Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

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 year (2 semesters).


Applications are to be submitted by May 15.
Audition examinations usually take place on the second half of June.


bassoon  Meszaros Gabor
cello  Dindo Enrico, Asier Polo, Yamashita Taisuke
clarinet  Benda François
double bass  Cincera Andreas, Fagone Enrico
flute  Oliva Andrea, Renggli Felix, Rutz Alfred
harp  Pollini Lorenza
horn Allegrini Alessio, Johnson David, Monte de Fez Jorge
oboe  Salmi Massimiliano, Thouand Fabien
percussion  Wulff Bernhard
sax  Camenisch Raphael 
trombone  Conti Andrea
trumpet  Cassone Gabriele, Tamiati Francesco
tuba  Ghiretti Rino
viola  Gotlibovich Yuval, Rossi Danilo
violin  Berman Pavel, Krylov Sergej, Moccia Alessandro, Quarta Massimo, Rizzi Marco, Sahatci Klaidi

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 a web-link to a recent recording of a live performance (high quality and non-edited video) of the same 30 minute programme;
- have successfully passed an admissions interview.


The programme costs CHF 5’000, that correspond to the following fees:
- Fee per semester CHF 2'000
- One-off registration fee CHF 250
- Administration fee per semester CHF 250
- 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;
- have paid the costs.

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

During their studies, participants may suspend or terminate their studies.


Carlo Ciceri

Head of Continuing Education