Getting a second MM in Germany
Hello! I am looking into applying to schools in Germany or Austria because I have always wanted to study there. I was wondering if it would be possible to get a second MM in Germany if I am finishing up my MM right now in the US. I wanted to apply to Germany/Austria schools two years ago but it coincided with the pandemic so I decided to stay in the US for my Masters. However, I still very much want to study in Europe, and I want to do it before I start my DMA. I was wondering if anyone knows if it would be possible to get a second MM (or MA in the case of the degree name in Austria) after I have already gotten one. I know in the US you can't get a second MM unless you are doing a different instrument. I have heard from a friend who is in Germany right now who told me that oftentimes people do multiple masters over there, but I just wanted to be sure. I have reached out to schools and teachers but haven't heard back so I wanted to ask here.
Would a second MM be possible, or am I better off sticking with a post-graduate program? I also don't know if schools in Germany have a post-graduate program, it seems the only program they have after MM is the Konzertexamen which is a soloist degree which I will not get into.
Thank you in advance!
Hello Emily! The Konzerexamen is really hard to get - for example, for Cologne there are two rounds and no more than 4 people per instrument are allowed to even pass the first round. For another school, I read that they only allow 1 or 2 students studying the Konzertexamen at once. I am not at the soloist level and do not see myself applying. Maybe in another life I could be good enough to have it on my CV..
Cologne lies in the Federal state of NRW (North Rhine Westphalia). As far as I know, all NRW schools have some sort of collaboration for orchestral studies. There is the „Orchesterzentrum“ in Dortmund , which you might want to check out.