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Admission preparation courses

“Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy organizes preparation courses for all prospective students interested to apply. The classes are free of charge. 


Preparation courses for SOLFEGE, MUSIC THEORY and DICTATION


Saturday, March 9: 11am – room 8, basement

Saturday, March 23: 11am – room 8,  basement

Saturday, April 6: 11am – room 8,  basement

Saturday,  April 13: 11am – room 8, basement

Saturday,  May 11:11am – room 8, basement

Saturday,  May 18: 11am – room 8, basement


 Preparation courses for Musicology: March 23 and May 11 at 1PM


 Preparation courses for Composition:  March 9 and April 13 at 1PM


Preparation courses Conducting ( choir/orchestra): April 6, May 18 at 1PM


The admission calendar for the 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

First session - application deadline: July 20, 2019 - admission exams: July 30 – August 1, 2019

Second session: - application deadline: September 11, 2019 - admission exams: September 13–15, 2019


The 2019 – 2020 university year starts on September 30th.


The admission exams are comprised of:

  • Test 1: Music theory and dictation test (written)
  • Test 2: Solfège and vocal test (practical)

Results will be announced after each test. Grades range from 1 (the lowest) to 10 (the highest). Failure to pass any of the tests leads to elimination from the admission process. The final grade represents the average test score of the two tests. Applicants will be admitted strictly in the descending order of the final grades. The minimum admission grade is 5.00 (five) for each of the two tests. If there are two or more candidates with equal grades on the last available place, the following criteria apply (in this order):

  1. a) The grade obtained at the written test; b) the grade obtained at the practical test; c) the average grade obtained   at   the   baccalaureate   exam (secondary   education   /   high   school   final examination).

Only the results of the written test may be disputed.  Appeals will be addressed to the Admission Committee of the Faculty of Theoretical Studies within 24 hours, and they will be decided on within 48 hours. The decision of the Committee is final.

If an applicant declines the offer of admission, their place will be given to the following applicant, according to the criteria described above.

During the admission process, the Music Academy offers on-campus accommodation at the cost of

RON 30 / night.


Programmes disciplines and Faculty




 Orchestra Conducting - symphonic and accompaniments

 Choral Conducting - acappella, vocal symphonic and opera repertoire

 The conductor’ s score - Preparation and interpretation



                            Mihaela Cesa-Goje

In December 2016 Mihaela debuted with Dallas Opera selected out of 156 candidates for the Women Conducting Institute and in April 2017 she worked in residence at San Francisco Opera in partnership with the Adler Fellows.

Mihaela has gained widespread attention in 2011 as the winner of the Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Also in 2011, Mihaela was selected out of 160 candidates for a masterclass with Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

In 2009 she was awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship founded by Marin Alsop occasion on which she debuted with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Hartford Symphony and in 2010 she was awarded Women Conductor Grant from the League of American Orchestras.

Also in 2003 Mihaela received the "Sandor Vegh Prize" from the Romanian Mozart Society for an outstanding performance of Mozart's "Der Schauspiele Direktor" at the Cluj National Opera, Romania. In 2009, she was selected as one of the three young Romanian conductors to debut at the Romanian Athenaeum, the most important concert hall in Romania.

In 2005 Mihaela completed her PGDip in Choral Conducting and Church Music at RAM under the mentorship of Patrick Russil. At graduation was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize. She also graduated BMus, MMus and PhD in Conducting at Gh. Dima Music Academy in Cluj Napoca, Romania studying with Florentin Mihaescu.

Since 2017 Mihaela is  the manager and jury member in  Gheorghe Dima International Music Competition -  Conducting section.

 Matei Pop

                             Matei Pop

Matei Pop is one of the valuable young musicians that Romania is proud to showcase presently. Following conducting (with Petre Sbârcea) and composition studies (with Cornel Țăranu) at the “G. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca (graduating top of his class in 2005), he took part in master classes by Gianluigi Gelmetti (Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy), Zoltán Pesko (International Bartok Festival and Seminar, Szombathely, Hungary), Peter Eötvös (Abbaye du Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise, France and Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, Budapest), Johannes Schlaefli (Allegra Festival and Academy, Ruse, Bulgaria), among others.

As a composer Matei Pop is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among which First Prize at the “Roads to Romanticism” International Composition Competition (Warsaw, 2007). His works have been performed in Romania, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and Brazil.

Matei Pop has performed as guest conductor with the majority of the state philharmonics from Romania, the Radio Chamber Orchestra from Bucharest and the Hungarian Opera of Cluj-Napoca. Abroad he worked with the “Danubia” Orchestra Obuda-Budapest, the “Savaria” Orchestra Szombathely (Hungary), the Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), the National Symphony Orchestra of “Teleradio-Moldova” as well as the “Serghei Lunchevici” National Philharmonic Orchestra of Chișinău (Republic of Moldova).

As permanent conductor of the contemporary music ensemble “adHOC” of the “G. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca Matei Pop gave acclaimed concerts within international festivals (International New Music Week – Bucharest, Musical Autumn of Cluj, Cluj Modern, Intrada - Timişoara). Within Les Choralies Festival (Vaison-la-Romaine, France, 2013) he conducted members of the Percussions Claviers de Lyon ensemble.




 Music composition


 Interactive Music Systems



                        Cristian Bence-Muk 

Cristian Bence-Muk (born on 31 st of August1978, Deva) graduated Composition at Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj Napoca, Romania with PhD Prof. Hans Peter Türk in 2002 and in 2005 obtained the Academic Title PhD in Music with the specialization „Musical creation”with PhD Prof. Cornel Ţăranu.

Curently Cristian Bence-Muk teaches „Form and Musical Analysis ”at Gheorghe Dima Music Academy and starting 2015 has become the Director of the Composition and Conducting Department within the same instituition.

His compositions includes choral pieces, vocal, chamber, symphonic and vocal symphonic works. Cristian was awarded various national prizes and his works were performed in concerts in Romania and abroad ( France, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, Poland etc) and were publishes in Romania and Switzerland.

As a project manager, he coordonated two project financed by the National Council of Research named: Analitical and creative investments in the balet and chamber symphony genres in the contemporane national and universal creation (2006-2007) and The artistic and social impact of the contemporane musical creation in the 21 Century through the relation: composer – performer – public (2010 – 2013). These project have stimulated the composition, interpretation and the musicology research in the contemporary music domanin.

In 2013 he arranged and orchestrated 14 vocal-symphonic carols, reunited on a CD that has been distributed and sold nationaly, together with the National Jurnal in more than 6000 pieces.




   Traditional Ensemble

   Notation and Restoration of Traditional Vocal Music


Alina Stan

                              Alina Stan

 Musical Folklore

The Vocal Traditional Music Module, comprising the following subjects: 1. Traditional Singing; 2. Traditional Ensemble ICOANE; 3. Notation and Restoration of Vocal Traditional Music.

Alina Stan Lecturer Ph.D. at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, graduated Bachelor in Arts (Music), specialty Music Pedagogy (2003), Master in Musical Art / Musicological Syntheses (2005) and in 2008 Doctorate in Music, specialty: Ethnomusicology, Doctoral thesis: The Musical Language of Transylvanian Carols, Scientific supervisor: Prof. Ph.D. Ileana Szenik.

            She has drawn up over the years numerous Course Handbooks for Participants, she has also published and supported specialized Papers in international and national conferences. Regarding Ethnomusicological research, she is specialized in Musical transcription, analysis and classification according to musical typologies (Collaborator in editing four volumes) and has made Collection of material in the field (Hunedoara, Sălaj, Mureș).

As member and trainer of the Traditional Romanian Music Ensemble ICOANE (1998 – present), managed by Prof. Ph.D. Ioan Bocșa,  she has participated in over 300 concerts in the country and abroad and were edited Discs and documentaries with carols and Romanian traditional music. She is a president and a member of the specialized juries in the County and National Folklore Festivals.




   Popular music performance/ Jazz performance

   - voice, saxophone, guitar, percussion, keyboard

   Jazz composition

   Ensemble - Promenade/Big Band/ Vocal/ Percussion/Pop/Rock

   Arrangement - Vocal and instrumental





   Singing - Lied/Oratorio

   Opera Class

   Actor’s art



Marius Budoiu


                            Marius Budoiu

Highly regarded as the Romanian operatic tenor with the most complex repertoire covering top operatic roles and an impressive symphonic and concert repertoire (more than 120 titles!), Marius Vlad is one of the most appreciated Romanian tenors, an exquisite singer, a true actor delivering with each role an unforgettable interpretation.
Marius Vlad made his debut age 21 with Beethoven’s IX. Symphony at Târgu-Mureş Philharmonic (Romania), and in the operatic repertoire with Lenski (Eugene Onegin by P. I. Tchaikovsky) at the Hungarian Opera House from Cluj. His first roles on the stage of the Romanian Opera House from Cluj were Rodolfo (La Bohème by G. Puccini) and Alfredo (La Traviata by G. Verdi). He made his debut at the Bucharest National Opera House with Tamino (Die Zauberflöte by W. A Mozart) in 1996.
Being a very good musician and speaking German, French, English and Italian, he has been invited to perform on all the opera and philharmonic stages in the country and has been performing for a long time abroad where his refined vocal quality and thorough professionalism didn’t go unnoticed. He has performed in hundreds of concerts and performances in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey and Japan.
Marius Vlad Budoiu approached a wide repertoire, from Händel (The Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, Israel in Ägypten) and Mozart – with Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Idomeneo (Idomeneo) – to works of the 20th century and composers like Benjamin Britten (War Requiem, Serenade, Les Illuminations) and Arthur Honegger (Le Roi David). His lyrical tenor repertoire successfully integrated roles like Rodolfo (La Bohème), Alfredo (La Traviata), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Barinkay (Der Zigeunerbaron), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Faust (Faust). In time his voice gradually developed towards the spinto repertoire with roles like Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Don José (Carmen), Radames (Aida), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Canio (Pagliacci), Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Don Carlo (Don Carlo) and Manrico (Il Trovatore).
In the past years he approached the challenging repertoire for the dramatic tenor, being the single Romanian tenor today who has in his repertoire such roles as Otello (Otello), Calaf (Turandot), Samson (Samson et Dalila), Don Alvaro (La Forza del Destino), Tannhäuser (Tannhäuser) and Lohengrin (Lohengrin). 2013 finds tenor Marius Vlad Budoiu in full professional swing, performing under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera House, at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the Proms Festival at Royal Albert Hall in London. Among the famous names tenor Marius Vlad Budoiu has been collaborating with we must note Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Peter Ruzicka, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Antonio Pappano, Marek Jankovski, Friedrich Haider, Cristian Mandeal. He has collaborated with the Munich Philharmonic, Hamburg Philharmonic, Staatskappelle Berlin, Berliner Symphoniker, Staatskappelle Dresden, Santa Cecilia from Rome, and with the Opera Houses from Bucharest, Bratislava, Budapest, Scala from Milan, Berlin Staatsoper, Freiburg, Marseille, Toulon and many others.
Holding a Doctorate of Musical Arts, Marius Vlad Budoiu has been successfully teaching for 19 years at the Music Academy from Cluj. Among the artists he coached we will note some highly esteemed names in the operatic world such as George Petean – one of the best baritones in the world today –, tenor Stefan Pop and many artists with remarkable national and international careers.
Tenor Marius Vlad Budoiu was granted the VIP Magazine Award for The Best Opera Singer in Romania in 2010and the Excellence Award of the ‘Gala 10’ for Romania.




   Musical Theatre Directing

   Choreographic Improvisation

   Actor’s Art



   Piano, organ, violin, oboe, percussion

   Chamber Music

   Orchestra - strings/winds


             Repertoire analysis - piano

             Piano accompaniment study


              Repertoire analysis

              Figured bass – accompaniment






Eik Truk

                                Erik Turk

Erich Türk (born in 1972) studied organ at the „Gh. Dima” Music Academy in Cluj with Ursula Philippi and at the University Of Music And Performing Arts in Vienna with Michael Radulescu. He also studied the harpsichord with Ilton Wjuniski and Gordon Murray. He participated at several master-classes for organ, harpsichord and basso continuo in Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland and Moscow. Between 1995 and 1999 he was organist and choir conductor of the Evangelical Church in Mediaş.

            Since 1995 he is teaching organ, harpsichord, organology and chamber music at the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca. As soloist and as a member of the Baroque Ensemble “Transylvania”, the Balkan Baroque Band and other chamber music ensembles he performed in Romania aswell as most of the European countries. He made radio, TV and CD recordings, and with the Baroque Ensemble “Transylvania” he realized a documentary DVD on Transylvanian music.

Erich Türk is involved in early music revival and period instrument research, being a frequent guest of Romanian early music festivals. He founded the TransylvANTIQs- label dedicated to local music culture. He also premiered several contemporary music pieces by Romanian composers. At the international “J.S. Bach” Organ Contest in Bruges 2000 he has been awarded the 2nd prize and the public´s prize.





    Musical Aesthetics

    Musical Forms and Analysis

    Introduction to Artistic Management

    Music History

    Music Theory - Solfege - Dictation



    Choral arrangement


    Piano complementary

    Polyphony - (Counterpoint and Fugue)

    Artistic Practice

    Vocal Repertoire and instrumental teaching practice

    Theory of Musical Instruments



    Choral Ensemble

    Choral singing

    Choral Conducting

    Aural skills

    Romanian Musical Folklore

    Musical Education Systems

    Scientific research technique


OPTIONAL (the student can choose two subjects from the following)

    Computer application in musical field

    Electronic Music technology

    Library Science

    Folk Traditional Music Singing

    Sound recording

    Secretarial work related to the musical field


Tuition Fees

EU CANDIDATES (including Romanian citizens who wish to study in English):

According to Parliament Act 316/12.07.2006, citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and of the Swiss Confederation, have the right to apply to study in Romania under the same conditions as Romanian citizens. Conditions are detailed on page 8 of this brochure.

Entering on budgeted places assures FREE education on the fundamental, compulsory, optional and speciality disciplines

The Bachelor’s Programmes can also be followed by tax, if not entering on budgeted places. The fee is

3500RON/year – approx. 750EUR/year.

The faculty also offers 7 specialised modules in Conducting, Composition, Traditional Vocal Music, Popular Music/Jazz Music, Instrument performance, Singing - lied - oratorio, Performance Arts.

After admission the students can to enroll to one or more of these modules, for the fee of 250 Eur/year

/module or 300 Eur for the Instrument performance.

For students of Romanian Nationality the taxes for the specialized modules are 800 Ron/year/module     and 1100 Ron/year/ for the Instrument performance.


Individuals from outside the EU may be accepted within the Romanian National Education System.

The fees for NonEu candidates are the following:

420   Eur/month   for   Bachelor’s programme’s fundamental, compulsory, optional and speciality disciplines

250 Eur/year for specialised modules in Conducting, Composition, Traditional Vocal Music, Popular Music/Jazz  Music,  Singing  -  lied  -  oratorio,  Performance  Arts  and  300  Eur  for  the  Instrument performance module.

Admission brochure

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General Conditions



EU CANDIDATES (including Romanian citizens who wish to study in English):

According to Parliament Act 316/12.07.2006, citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area and of the Swiss Confederation, have the right to apply to study in Romania under the same conditions as Romanian citizens.

The candidates who want to register for studies at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy must complete the following steps:

  1. have their degrees / diplomas recognized and validated by the Romanian National Centre for the Recognition and Validation of Diplomas (for studies completed in other European countries except Romania).
  2. take the admission tests under the same conditions as the Romanian citizens
  3. obtain an English language certificate issued either by a certified body (accredited language department in Romania or abroad), or one that is internationally recognized (e.g. Cambridge Language Certificate, TOEFL, or others as such).


Recognition and Validation of Degrees / Diplomas

Candidates who have completed high-school education in European countries, other than Romania, must have their high-school diploma endorsed by the Romanian National Centre for the Recognition and Validation of Diplomas (a department of the Romanian National Education Ministry).

C.N.R.E.D will issue the equivalent of diplomas for studies completed abroad in countries of the European Union (other than Romania), for citizens of the European Union, of the European Economic Area and of the Swiss Confederation.

Documents needed for the recognition of studies completed abroad must be sent by mail or courier to the Ministry of National Education /C.N.E.R.D,  no  later  than  15  days  prior  to  the  deadline  for registering to the admission exam.

Documents may also be submitted directly at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy, at the Chief Secretary Office, who will send them by Post to C.N.R.E.D. The candidates must submit the files at least one month prior to the deadline for registering to the admission exam.



Necessary documents for pre-registration and recognition / validation of degrees / diploma(s) by the National Education Ministry (2 sets of each):

  1. Application Form – (EU, EEA, Swiss Confederation),

https://cnred.edu.ro/en/recognition-studies-european-citizens-admission-undergraduate-studies-in- Romania

  1. High-school diploma – two (2) authenticated photocopies and 2 authenticated translations (from a public notary office),
  2. High-School Transcript of Records – 2 authenticated photocopies and 2 authenticated translations,
  3. Personal identification document – copy of identity card or copy of passport, pages 1–4
  4. Birth Certificate – 2 authenticated copies and 2 notarized translations,
  5. Marriage Certificate (if applicable, to prove the name change) – 2 authenticated copies and 2 notarized translations,
  6. Four photographs – passport size;
  7. Medical Certificate – proving that the candidate is physically and mentally fit to pursue academic studies and has no contagious disease (blood test, chest x-ray and psychological test)
  8. Proof of payment, in the amount of RON 50, paid to the Beneficiary:  Ministerul Educației

Naționale (National Education Ministry)

o       Fiscal Code: 13729380,

o       Bank:  Direcția de Trezorerie și Contabilitate Publică a Municipiului  București  –


o       IBAN:  RO  27 TREZ  7005  003  XXX  0000  69  (this  IBAN  Code  must  be  clearly specified)


o       BIC Code: TREZ


High-school diplomas issued in countries listed below should be accompanied by the following:

           Cyprus – Pankypriakes exetaseis – Ypiresia Exetaseis (average 10) or Öğrenci Seçme Sınavı

           Greece – Panelladikes exetaseis (for general lyceum) – average 10

           Portugal – Provas de Ingreso

           Spain – "Pruebas de Aptitud para el Acceso a la Universidad, calificación Apto"

           Sweden – certificate from Verket för högskoleservice (Swedish National Agency for Higher

Education) regarding access to Higher Education studies

Documents that are not in English or French must have an authenticated translation into English or into


Graduation diplomas from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus must be stamped with The Hague Apostil; diplomas from countries which are not signatories of the Hague Apostil Convention must be certified twice: first by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing countries, and subsequently by the Romanian Consulate.

When candidates register for studies, they have to submit the Diploma and Transcript of records in original plus notarized translations into Romanian.

NON-EU CANDIDATES: Conditions for eligibility

Individuals from outside the EU may be accepted within the Romanian national education system if they:

  1. have documents to prove the country of origin / citizenship and request registration for studies in

Romania at their own expense;

  1. have study documents issued by educational institutions accredited in the country of origin;
  2. have submitted their documents before the application deadline;
  3. have chosen an accredited public or private educational institution and an accredited specialization /

study program;

  1. have the approval of the educational unit / institution where they want to study,


Specific condition for eligibility:

Passing the skill tests organized for the Bachelor’s degree programmes in music, after receiving the letter of acceptance to the corresponding study programmes.

Registration for Bachelor’s Degree Programmes

Only high-school graduates who hold a baccalaureate diploma or an equivalent diploma, which allows general access to accredited higher education institutions, may be registered for the first Cycle degree programme.

Candidates will submit the application documents directly to the chosen accredited higher education institution. These include the following:

  1. a) The application for  issuing  the  letter  of  Acceptance  to  Studies, all  fields  entirely filled  in,  in  two copies;  

        Acceptance to Studies

  1. b) The studies document – copy and authenticated translation – which allows the candidate’s access to the respective education programme (the baccalaureate diploma or its equivalent);
  2. c) Academic records – copy and authenticated translation – for the completed studies and academic curricula in the case of candidates who request equivalence for certain periods of studies;
  3. d) Birth certificate – copy and authenticated translation;
  4. e) Copy of the passport – valid at least 6 months past the date when the letter of acceptance to studies is issued;
  5. f) Medical certificate (in a language of circulation) – proof that the person to be registered for studies does not suffer from infectious diseases or other illnesses that are incompatible with enrolling in post- secondary education.


English language requirements

Applicants may choose to take an internationally recognized English language test (TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS) and submit the results to AMGD along with their application. Alternatively, they may register for a language test that can be taken locally, as part of the admission exam.


When the selection process is concluded, candidates will have to provide the requested documents outlined in the application form in original, certified for authenticity by the Embassy of Romania to the issuer country, or endorsed with the Hague Apostil, if previous studies were not completed in Romania, in a EU country or in accordance with the legal assistance agreements signed between Romania and third countries.

For more details regarding the admission process, see: www.amgd.ro

Tuition fees for foreign citizens from EU and third countries are stipulated in the Ordinance no22/2009,

on establishing the minimum amount of the tuition fees, in foreign currency, for citizens that study in Romania at their own expense, from countries that are not members of the European Union and   from   those   countries   that   are   not   part   of   the   European   Economic   Area   and   the   Swiss Confederation, approved with amendments and completions by Parliament Act 1/2010.

Contact BM

BA Music in English
No. 25, Ion I.C. Brătianu Street, postal code 400079, Cluj-Napoca
Tel. no.: 40 264 591 242, ext. 115 | www.amgd.ro
Coordinator: Lect. Mihaela Cesa-Goje, PhD