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Music studies

CoPeCo (Master in Contemporary Performance & Composition)

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In the days of Erasmus and Thomas More the humanists would move round Europe in order to further their learning. By joining forces the four European partner conservatories have taken the initiative to set up a creative new itinerant master’s. Their ambition is to help create networks of young artists in Europe who will foster musical creation through interaction and trans-disciplinarity.

When to apply for CoPeCo 2016/2018 in Lyon?

Application for admission for the 2016-2018 CoPeCo joint master’s programme is closed.

Result of the 1st round selection: Tuesday 19 February 2016.
Mails of acceptance will include the invitation for the 2nd round live.

2nd round live at the Lyon CNSMD on Thursday 31 March 2016 (live only) for ranking list (sound and video recorded).
Final results available after international commission (3rd round) by Saturday 30 April 2016.

How to apply to CoPeCo 2016/2018 through Lyon CNSMD 

1) Application and first examination round

The applicants send in their applications and supporting documents to the institution of their choice in accordance with the local regulations. You can only apply to one institution. Please refer to the webpage “how to apply” on the CoPeCo website.

The applicant must state in which category he/she applies:

  • composer
  • performer
  • composer/performer

If you decide to apply through Lyon CNSMDL

The administrative requirements should be sent by mail to the CNSMD Lyon:

  • Degree Certificate: Degree of Bachelor in Music (180 credits) or equivalent.
  • Proof of English language skills (B1): IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent
  • Signed commitment letter confirming the authorship of the recordings/compositions
    • Please note that applicants are asked to send additional documents in accordance with the CNSMD Lyon regulations:
    • Administrative and control sheets, identity proof, proof of entrance exam payment, eventually French grant notification

Accepted format = pdf

The following documents have to be uploaded to the common plateform (all documents should be written in English):

  • Degree project proposal describing the Masters Degree Project the applicant wishes to undertake during the course. The Masters Degree Project proposal is one of the most important elements in the application portfolio and should relate to at least some of the key features of the study programme – collaboration, cross-disciplinary interaction, new technologies, improvisation.

Portfolio requirements:
For composers: portfolio of compositions with scores or recordings (where scores are not applicable) of at least 3 contrasting original compositions with an overall duration of at least 15 minutes.

For performers: portfolio of recordings containing at least 2 contrasting excerpts with an overall duration of at least 15 minutes accompanied by the titles and authors of works in the order they appear on the recording.

For performer/composers: portfolio containing the scores of at least 1 original composition, a recording of at least 1 performance and 1 work of your choice with a combined duration of at least 15 minutes

  • CV detailing artistic and professional experience together with an ID photo
  • Motivation letter outlining the aims and goals of the applicant with regard to the programme

Accepted file formats: PDF, mp3, mp4, AVI for all material uploaded.

All documents, including portfolio and Master’s Degree Project proposal, are evaluated by the jury of the institution where you apply. Applicants whose documents meet the requirements and reflect his/her necessary academic and artistic level are allowed to the second examination round.

2) Second examination round: Live audition

This audition is made to assure that the applicant meets the artistic level and to make a ranking list of the applicants. The auditions take place separately in four different institutions with a local jury. The local jury [marks the candidates on a 10 point scale/ranks the candidates].

The auditions are recorded and the result from the local juries and the recordings are finally evaluated by a joint international jury that consists of one member from each institution. The international jury establishes the final ranking list for each category.

The following criteria will be assessed:

  • Artistic skills
  • Technical skills
  • Scene presence
  • Interpersonal and interaction skills

The audition consists in:

  • Maximum 20 min presentation of your artistic expression: instrumental or vocal performance of a contemporary music programme of your choice (including your own pieces) and/or presentation of scores/CD/DVD etc. sent in advance with the application (you can choose to perform your pieces live);
  • Improvisation test (open: individual/group, at the decision of the jury);
  • Interview with the jury where the candidate for example can be asked to present his/her Masters Degree Project.

Other information

  • No accompaniment will be provided by the programme.
  • The audition will be recorded for the use of the international jury.
  • Final results of the selection will be given only after the admission process is finished and the local ranking lists are compared.

Timeframe: development of the project and 1st group of students 

Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2013: Development of the curriculum project under the auspices of the EU Commission

11-20 Dec. 2012: CoPeCo Master’s Pilot Week at the Lyon CNSMD.

May 2013: Launch of masters information and recruitment campaign, Tallinn

27-29 Dec 2013: CoPeCo participation to Sügisfestival « Live-Remix » in Tallinn, foreshadowing the launch of the first recruitment

Dec. 2013: Opening of registration/application process in the 4 institutions

31st Jan. 2013: Deadline for sending requirements for application first round (selection through folders)

Spring 2014: Live auditions for final selection

Aug. – Dec. 2014: 1st semester of the programme in Tallinn

Jan. – June 2015: 2nd semester of the programme in Stockholm

Oct.2015 – Fev.2016:  3rd semester of the programme in Lyon

Spring 2016: selection of the students for the 2nd group of CoPeCo students

Mar. – July 2016: 4th semester of the programme in Hamburg

July 2016: First degrees awarded by each institution (depending on where the student is registered).

The originality of the CoPeCo master’s degree

The CoPeCo master’s degree combines a well nigh individual response to a student’s artistic research project with trans-disciplinary teaching.

The selection stage is the time when the cohort of master’s students is created. Each group will consist of young artists destined to follow the same course, who are from diverse musical origins and horizons but whose artistic profiles are compatible (composers, performers or a combination of the two). They will all have experience of contemporary musical composition and will need the ability to use electronic music equipment and the new media to express themselves, whatever their own chosen specialisation.

The priority given to cooperation
Each cohort of students will move on together from one semester to the next and will thus be induced to work together. This, in turn, will improve their ability to collaborate with a view to creating.

Forming a network  for career development

The itinerant structure of the master’s gives students the means to form a high-level network both within the group and outside it as the course proceeds and the students meet people through their work, notably due to each conservatoire’s network of contacts with the professional environment of  musical creation and diffusion. Students on the CoPeCo master’s course are taught to develop their knowledge, skills and the ability to communicate effectively with the people they will need to frequent in their future professional lives.

Financing and sponsorship partners
The 4 institution consortium is currently seeking new European programmes and private funding to support the mobility of CoPeCo students and to build up a stock of teaching material and instruments that will be made available to the itinerant group.

Further information

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CoPeCo website