Hochschule für Musik Mainz

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Hochschule für Musik Mainz an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
TypeUniversity of Music
Established1948 (1948)
Parent institution
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
RectorImmanuel Ott
Studentsc. 400[1]
Location, ,

49°59′36″N 8°14′12″E / 49.99333°N 8.23667°E / 49.99333; 8.23667Coordinates: 49°59′36″N 8°14′12″E / 49.99333°N 8.23667°E / 49.99333; 8.23667

The Hochschule für Musik Mainz (HfMM, Mainz School of Music) is a university of music, part of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. It is the only such institution in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.


The institution was founded in 1948 as Staatliches Institut für Musik. Abteilung Schulmusik, an institute for school music education,[2] by Ernst Laaff [de] and Georg Toussaint.[3] It was named Staatliches Hochschulinstitut für Musik in 1961.[2] It became part of the university in 1973 as Fachbereich Musikerziehung (Department of Music Education).[2] The studies were first mostly educational, for teachers and church musicians. In 1986, more classes were established, and the name changed to Fachbereich Musik (Faculty of Music).[2] In 2003, the institution was named Hochschule für Musik (School of Music), which is connected to the university but governed mostly independently.[2][4] This approach of the state government is unique in Germany.[1]

A new building for the Musikhochschule was built on the university campus completed in October 2008.[5] It was inaugurated on 24 November 2008 with a ceremony and concert.[6] Wolfram Koloseus conducted the premiere of a composition commissioned for the occasion, Sechs Trakl Gesänge by Thomas Wells after poems by Georg Trakl, a work of 45 minutes for tenor soloist, choir and orchestra,[7] and Mozart's Jupiter Symphony.[5]

The building holds 36 rooms for voice training and instrumental instructions, three rooms for ensembles, a concert hall Roter Saal seating 220 listeners, a hall with an organ and a studio stage Black Box, both for 100 people, a sound studio, listening studio, library, five rooms for theory, two rooms for seminars, 24 rooms for practising, and rooms for offices. During semesters, concerts by students, teachers and guest artists are frequently performed, offering around 230 concerts per year.[5]

The Hochschule collaborates with numerous cultural institutions of the area, namely the Staatstheater Mainz, the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden,[8] the state foundation Villa Musica,[2] the Peter Cornelius Conservatory[9] and the institute for church music of the Catholic Diocese of Mainz.[10] The Hochschule and the theatre in Wiesbaden collaborated in 2017 in a staged production of Scarlatti's oratorio La Giuditta.[11]

The rector is Immanuel Ott, a professor of music theory, who was elected on 19 April 2017 as a successor of Birger Petersen.[12]


The university offers bachelor and master degrees in music and music education, in some studies also doctoral degrees.[2][3] Concert exams are offered for instruments and voice.[3]


  • Elementary teaching
  • Jazz and Pop
  • Church music
  • Piano
  • Teaching at gymnasiums
  • Voice (opera and concert)
  • Orchestal instruments[3]

Master and post graduate

  • Jazz and Pop
  • Church music
  • Klangkunst – Composition
  • Piano
  • Teaching at gymnasiums
  • Lied accompaniment and correpetition
  • Music theory
  • Orchestal instruments
  • Organ improvisation
  • Organ literature
  • Voice[3]
  • Guitar
  • Concert exam
  • Doctorate (Music theory / Music education)

Further studies

  • International summer school Singing Summer, master classes for voice and instruments, annually in September from 2004[2]
  • College for Early Music Barock vokal, one year of studies for concert and opera singers, founded in 2010[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Hochschule für Musik Mainz" (in German). Mainz. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hochschule für Musik Mainz und Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium richten neuen Bachelorstudiengang ein" (in German). Landesmusikrat Rheinland-Pfalz. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Hochschule für Musik Mainz an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität" (in German). Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "§ 100 HochSchG / Hochschulgesetz (HochSchG) / Landesrecht Rheinland-Pfalz] Gesetze des Bundes und der Länder" (in German). Gesetze des Bundes und der Länder. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Neubau der Hochschule für Musik auf dem Gutenberg-Campus eingeweiht / Neue Stätte für Studium und Lehre, Forschung und künstlerische Praxis wird auch ein neues kulturelles Zentrum für Mainz und Umgebung" (in German). University of Mainz. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "History / Providing professional musical education for more than 60 years". Hochschule für Musik Mainz. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Dr. Thomas Wells, Host". 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Staatstheater Wiesbaden kooperiert mit der Hochschule für Musik Mainz" (in German). Hochschule für Musik Mainz. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Hochschule für Musik Mainz und Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium richten neuen Bachelorstudiengang ein" (in German). Informationsdienst Wissenschaft. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Internationaler Mainzer Orgelwettbewerb 2010" (PDF) (in German). Diocese of Mainz. p. 63. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  11. ^ "La Giuditta "a tre"" (in German). Staatstheater Wiesbaden. 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Univ.-Prof. Dr. Immanuel Ott ist neuer Rektor der Hochschule für Musik Mainz (HfM Mainz)" (PDF) (in German). Hochschule für Musik Mainz. Retrieved 7 May 2017.

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