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Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg
Type Public
Established 1872
Location Nuremberg, Germany

The Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg (also known as the Die Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, vormals Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg) is a music conservatoire based in Nürnberg (with a secondary building in Augsburg), Germany.

The Hochschule[edit]

The Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg is the result of the merging of the Meistersinger-Konservatoriums in Nuremberg and the Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium in Augsburg in 1998. The Meistersinger-Konservatorium dates back from 1821 when Johannes Scharrer founded a the Städtische Singschule, which later became the the State Music School (1883) and from 1972 as the "hakademie für Musik und Meistersinger-Konservatorium".

The courses[edit]

The hochschule offers degrees and postgraduate qualifications in all orchestral instruments, jazz, popular music, singing, opera, music education, conducting and composicion

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

This is a partial list of present and former staff and alumni.


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ackground According to the first “Brockhaus” Encyclopedia of 1837, “the ‘conservatorios’ of Italy’s larger cities were established with the aim of offering a complete education in all musical subjects, often employing the most famous musicians as teachers”. These “conservatorios” were to serve as a model for the music schools that were set up in Augsburg and Nuremberg in the 19th century, and which were run as municipal “konservatoriums” from the time of the First World War. Despite being very successful, these konservatoriums, which later achieved the status of “academy” during the reform of the education system, had no long-term prospects for future development. For this reason the two cities of Nuremberg and Augsburg were not able to reach an agreement when it came to reorganising their academies into state-run Schools of Music (Musikhochschulen). Finally, however, a compromise was reached: based on a decision made by the Federal State Parliament in December 1996, and with the financial support of the Free State of Bavaria, a joint School of Music (Nuremberg-Augsburg) was founded. Foundation In April 1998 the patrons of the Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music (not only the respective town councils but also the counties of Central Franconia and Swabia) formed the joint body of the “Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music”. After having been approved by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the Arts on 21st July 1998, the patrons then ratified its establishment and provisional legality on 3rd December of the same year. As a result the amalgamation of the Meistersinger-Konservatorium in Nuremberg with the Leopold-Mozart-Konservatorium in Augsburg was recognised by Bavaria as a non-state School of Arts, in accordance with its laws governing higher education. This new joint “Hochschule” was then left with the responsibility of gradually phasing out the older “Konservatoriums”. The first students started their education at the new School of Music in the winter semester of 1999/2000. A decision by the Bavarian Council of Ministers, passed on 2nd June 2003, determined once and for all that the Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music should now be given over to state sponsorship.

Structure and Organisation The Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music is not divided into faculties and consists of two separate departments which have equal status in Nuremberg and Augsburg. The way in which this School of Music is run and financed can be analysed as follows: There is a joint committee as well as a joint convention, each of which have four members. These in turn are represented by twenty councillors, with the Lord Mayors and the Head Administrators of Swabia and Central Franconia taking turns to chair it for one year at a time. Before becoming an autonomous School of Music there was a transition period, during which the Founding President, Professor Dr. Franz Müller-Heuser, was in charge. The old “Konservatoriums” were dissolved and integrated into the new “Hochschule”. This transition period came to an end with the election of the first senate and its presidents.

The Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music is run by a governing body headed by the President (since October 2001 Professor Siegfried Jerusalem), the Vice-President and Head of the Nuremberg department (the present incumbent is Professor Wolfgang Manz), and the Vice-President and Head of the Augsburg department (the present incumbent is Professor Bernhard Tluck). The Chancellor is Hans-Werner Ittmann. The second senate of the Nuremberg-Augburg School of Music was elected in June 2003. Both departments offer a syllabus that covers the core subjects required for either a performance diploma (Diplommusiker) or a teaching diploma (Diplommusiklehrer), with the following subjects being taught: all orchestral instruments, piano, singing and elementary music education. In addition, both locations have their own particular specialities: In Nuremberg there is an emphasis on early music / historical instruments, jazz, classical saxophone, accordion and organ, plus a course in reformed music education that offers the possibility of obtaining several different qualifications. In Augsburg the emphasis is more on church music (“Diploma Class A”), wind band conducting, guitar, and music therapy (the latter being offered either as a postgraduate or supplementary course for practicing musicians). Furthermore, since 1st October 2003 Nuremberg now has its own International Opera Studio, in co-operation with the Nuremberg State Theatre. Both departments – Augsburg and Nuremberg – enjoy the additional support offered by a number of patrons.

The way in which the Nuremberg-Augsburg School of Music has been accepted in both cities, not only by the general public but also by politicians and economists, is a cause for great optimism. We have now become an accepted part of academic life in Bavaria, as well as being a cultural infuence in the area. This has also been reflected in the increasing numbers of applicants for our entrance examination, the recent successes of our students in competitions, as well as the quality of our orchestral concerts and opera productions.