Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (HDMK)
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Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (HDMK)

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1857


Founded in 1857 the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (HDMK) is the oldest and - with almost 800 students – the biggest University of Music in Baden-Wurttemberg. Located along Stuttgart's "Culture Mile", the university is very important to Stuttgart and the surrounding region, not only as a university but also as a concert promoter and cultural center.


The university is organized into four faculties and eleven institutes:
The university offers a wealth of subjects and in addition to piano, organ and singing students can also study: all of the orchestral instruments, composition, conducting of (orchestra and choir), guitar, harp and elementary music pedagogy (EMP). Musicology and the theory of music round-off our comprehensive range of practical subjects on offer in Stuttgart. All the subjects can be studied in either the artistic or music pedagogical courses. We also offer school music and church music. Students can complement their studies with time spent at orchestral academy of the RSO Stuttgart. For musicology and music pedagogy the university has the right to confer doctoral degrees and award post-doctoral (professorial) qualifications.


With respect to the performing arts (opera school, theatre, visual theatre - puppetry and animation, spoken arts) the university benefits from its own theater (Wilhelma theater) that is part of the university. We also operate an opera studio in cooperation with the Staatsoper Stuttgart in order to promote vocal training: and an acting studio in conjunction with the Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart and several other theaters in Baden-Württemberg offer students a means of gaining practical experience. [...] A few more of the university’s important differentiating features include: the university’s own theatre dating from 1840, the unique collection of 11 organs, as well as a technically well-equipped studio for electronic music, and the only existing figure theatre course in the former West German states.


Source: Homepage of the university, April 2017

Contact, Links

Website:  Homepage HDMK