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Street Address:

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien, Austria


+43 1 71155 199


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Four years. Music studies include performance (classical, early music, opera), composition, musicology, choral and orchestral conducting, church music, instrumental and vocal pedagogy, sound engineering, culture management, eurhythmics education. Bachelor of Arts and Education. Studies in performance, choral conducting, theory, musicology, instrumental or vocal music education.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts (Mag.Art.). In performance (classical, early music, opera, lied, oratorio), composition, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, choral and orchestral conducting, repetiteur training, music education, church music, sound engineering (’tonmeister’). Master of Arts (Mag. Art.). In music therapy. Doctor of Philosophy.


Other programs


Postgraduate courses are offered in performance, chamber music, early music, composition, conducting. University certification courses are offered in music physiology, electroacoustic and experimental music, culture management.

Institution Notes:

Originally founded in 1817 and formerly known as the ‘Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst’, the University currently enrols around 3,500 students from around the world, with almost 800 internationally renowned teachers. Ir offers courses in music, music education, theatre, film and television. There are nine teaching departments, some with their own research institutes, and a number of independent research institutes not attached to departments, situated at different locations in the city of Vienna. The Department of Church Music, established in 1910, is the oldest such department in all universities of the German-speaking world with studies in Catholic and Protestant church music. The choir of the department provides the music for worship in the Church of St Ursula during the term. Approximately 1,300 public performances are given by students each year. A number of single courses are offered to students and the general public, and several preparatory courses are organised for talented young people not yet old enough to attend the University. Institute courses are fee-paying, with restricted numbers, but there are no entrance examinations for many of them. The Institutes include: • Institute for Composition and Electroacoustic Music • Institute for Analysis,Theory and Music History • Institute for Conducting • Institute for Keyboard Instruments/for String Instruments, Harp and Guitar/for Wind and Percussion Instruments • Institute for Chamber Music • Institute for Organ and Church Music • Institute for Research in Organology and Documentation • Institute for Vocal Studies and Music Theatre • Institute for Style Studies • Institute for Popular Music • Institute for Music Theory, Aural Studies, Ensemble Direction • Institute for Movement and Music Therapy • Institute for Music Pedagogy • Institute for Music Acoustics • Institute of Breathing and Voice Control • Institute for Sociology of Music • Institute for Cultural Management and Research • Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology, holding a significant collection of recordings and videos of Austrian traditional music and a collection of traditional costumes. Institutes named after composers include Arnold Schönberg, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Antonio Salieri, Anton Bruckner. Other institutes include those for Drama and for Film and Television. Facilities include the Imperial Rococo Theatre, the Schloß Schönbrunn, the baroque University Church, and a state-of-the-art Studio Theatre. There are six orchestras, one of which is dedicated to the training of conductors. The library holds special collections in the fields of music education, church music, dance, acting and direction and film and television. The International Beethoven Piano Competition is organised by the University and is held every four years. The University offers preparatory courses for talented young students wishing to enter the areas of vocal and instrumental performance. The ‘International Summer-Academy Prague Vienna Budapest’ was founded in 1990 to celebrate the cultural traditions shared by these countries. It includes master classes for strings, string quartets, woodwinds and composers with numerous concerts held in castles and churches. Continuing education courses are held for interested members of the local community. Preparatory courses are held for talented children and young people not yet old enough to attend university and post-graduate courses are organised in various areas for graduates. Member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

August 2021