With the completion of the CAS Basic and CAS Intermediate, a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) can be earned, which is classified as a reduced vocational qualification for church employment. The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) programme in Organ is equivalent to a regular MA degree.
With the successful completion of the programme, you will have the following skills at your command:
Instrumental competence on the organ
Development of a stylistically broad repertoire
Musical accompaniment of the liturgy appropriate for a given situation
The core subject lessons in organ playing comprise 45 minutes per week and are supplemented by liturgical organ playing (20 minutes) and a seminar that is conducted jointly with the students in the BA/MA degree programmes.
The additional subjects in the field of church music are divided among the three CAS courses (Liturgy/Hymnology, Gregorian Studies, Organ Studies and Organ Literature, History of Church Music), together with the BA students and the part-time education courses.
The distribution of these subjects among the various CAS programmes (especially Basic and Intermediate) depends on the lessons offered in these courses.
The methodology and didactics are aligned with the principles of current university and further education teaching. The face-to-face lessons are designed to permit students a high degree of involvement so that you can contribute your own knowledge and experience. A balance is maintained between professional input and practical work. The development of new ideas and solutions is promoted through methodological diversity, discussions and critical observations. Self-study includes preparation and follow-up for face-to-face lessons, script and literature studies, reflection on and documentation of your own learning processes, and practical application.
Assessment + quality control
The Head of Studies offers extensive learning support and tries to ensure a uniform approach to teaching, course design and practical relevance. Each course is evaluated by the Head of Studies and the students. The students' concerns are acknowledged as concrete suggestions for the constant optimisation of the course design. The final assignments are graded according to transparent assessment criteria.
The Head of Studies assumes that all participants will fulfil the requirements for certification in the CAS in Organ. This includes participation in face-to-face lessons in accordance with the study regulations, demonstrating the relevant practical application and presenting their own project at the final event.
Depending on the skills to be acquired, you will receive a selection of assignments during the programme that will allow you to apply what you have learned to your own field of practice in an individual way and to reflect on this implementation. You will document this practical application and receive feedback from the Head of Studies or the lecturers.
Title + Degree
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in «Organ»
Head of Studies
Antonio Garcia: pianist
Pascale Van Coppenolle, Daniel Glaus, Antonio Garcia
Liturgical Organ Playing, Antonio Garcia
Choral Conducting, Voice Training, Vocal Conducting, Christine Guy
Organ Studies, Organ Literature, Thomas Leutenegger
Pianists who have completed an MA in Performance or an MA in Pedagogy or an equivalent degree in Switzerland or abroad (e.g. a degree in teaching, concert performance or solo performance). Musicians with excellent piano skills who have studied other core subjects may also be admitted to the programme.
The Head of Studies makes the final decision on admission based on the application documents submitted (CV, letter of motivation, copies of degree) and a personal interview. In case of a large number of applicants, the Head of Studies reserves the right to make a selection.
Admission “sur dossier” is possible in consultation with the Head of Studies. This admission procedure requires a thorough evaluation of existing skills and an admission interview.
Each of the three CAS programmes takes two semesters with 14 instruction weeks each. Each CAS comprises 15 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit is equivalent to 30 working hours, divided between face-to-face lessons and self-study.
The division also offers courses on behalf of the Reformed Churches of Bern-Jura-Solothurn for practising church music as a secondary occupation: Organ Certificates I & II and the course in Choral Conducting.
This degree programme is offered in German. For detailed information, go to the German page.