About Music Division

The Division of Music at the HKB with its 500 students is part of a comprehensive arts university. As a music student, you benefit from the close proximity to theatre, fine arts or literature and from practical degree programmes.

To study music at the HKB, means to study in one of the most progressive music universities in the German-speaking world. In addition to traditional areas of music education in performance and pedagogy, we also maintain a strong research programme, current musical theatre, free-medium composition or a focus on music outreach / Music in Context.

You can find our lecturers here. Insights into our study areas and projects can be found here.


Bern Academy of the Arts
Ostermundigenstrasse 103
3006 Bern

Opening hours Info Desk:

MON/TUE/THU: 10–12 am and 13.30–15.30 pm
WED: 10–12 am
FRI: closed

Our Executive Team

Master Specialized Music Performance – Classic

Head: Ellen Fallowfield

Master Music Performance Classic

Lennart Dohms

Bachelor’s Degrees Classic

Raphael Camenisch

Master’s Degrees in Pedagogy

Felix Bamert

Degree programmes Jazz

Tom Arthurs


Xavier Dayer

Opera Studio

Mathias Behrends

Music and Movement (Rhythmics)

Claudia Wagner

Sound Arts

Teresa Carrasco

PreCollege Bern HKB

Eva-Maria Neidhart


Rolf Schumacher

Music in Context

Barbara Balba Weber


Ellen Fallowfield


Florian Steffen

Sound Studio

Benoît Piccand


Virtual tours of the premises

Recording studio

A room with a mixing console, loudspeakers and other electronic devices.

An important part of the education of the Division of Music takes place in the recording studio. Our modern infrastructure allows for music productions of all kinds – including surround productions and film soundtracks.

After attending the relevant courses, students in the Jazz and Sound Arts programmes have the opportunity to use the infrastructures independently as a listening room, sound laboratory and production facility and, if the conditions are suitable, to realise studio productions. The musicians can thus gain important experience in the studio environment, whether playing, producing or reflecting on it. In addition, courses and mentorships are open to all students, in which the basics of sound technology are taught.

The recording studios also serve the HKB's Department of Music and Interpretation Research as a production site for its own productions, project documentations and recordings that are released in cooperation with renowned labels.

The Jazz programme has a professionally equipped recording studio with control room, recording room and a high-quality backline. For larger band productions, additional classrooms at the location can be added.

Contact Recording Studio Eigerplatz

The recording studio on Papiermühlestrasse has a modern infrastructure with a spacious control room with analogue and digital networking possibilities to other acoustically separated, multifunctional rooms and the concert hall. Thus, music productions from soloists to ensembles to orchestras can be handled, but also surround productions and film soundtracks are possible without any problems.

The HKB also has a modern and mobile infrastructure for recordings outside the building. An extensive range of instruments – percussion instruments of all kinds, various grand pianos and historical keyboard instruments – complete the offer.

Contact Recording Studio Papiermühlestrasse

Team Recording Studio Papiermühlestrasse

The Music Division has two performance spaces at its Bern location, the Auditorium on Ostermundigenstrasse and the Concert Hall on Papiermühlestrasse, which are equipped with sound, projection and lighting systems. The Opera and Music and Movement programmes in Biel often use the auditorium of the Volkshaus or the theatre there for their public events.

Depending on the requirements, our rooms can be equipped for complex situations, be it in the area of sound reinforcement, live electronics, music theatre productions or synchronisations of all kinds. Of course, all this can also be recorded, in the Auditorium additionally with a permanently installed multi-camera system.

Contact event technology location Biel

Contact event technology location Bern

Team event technology location Bern


The SOMBE (Student Organisation Music Berne) supports the concerns of the students of the HKB Music. The organisation includes all music students of the HKB and acts as a liaison between the students and the lecturers as well as the management. It organises various interdisciplinary events and concerts, campaigns for student concerns and has a say in important committees of the HKB. It is represented by an annually elected board.

Scholarship Fund

The HKB scholarship fund was set up to provide targeted support for music students in difficult financial circumstances. This is financed exclusively by donations. If you would like to support the fund, you have the following options:

  • Scan the QR code on the right with the TWINT app and transfer the desired amount. TWINT deposits are anonymous (i.e. a name is not attached). Consequently, no confirmation of the donation can be issued (making this option suitable for smaller amounts up to CHF 100).
  • Direct payments into the bank account of the BUA scholarship fund (incl. donation confirmation from CHF 100):
    Bank: Berner Kantonalbank AG, 3011 Bern
    IBAN: CH73 0079 0020 9186 9843 7
    In favour of: Berner Fachhochschule, Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Fellerstrasse 11, 3027 Bern
    Subject: Specific fund Music | Theatre
QR code Twint for donation scholarship fund