International Master New Music (Bern - Dresden - Salzburg)

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Profound knowledge and skills in the field of contemporary, new music are among the professional requirements of musicians and singers. The International Master's Program in New Music is a cooperative program of the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and the Hochschule der Künste Bern and offers students a comprehensive range of courses and the opportunity to establish international, professional contacts.


About the study

Students spend one academic year at each of two of the cooperating universities and can take advantage of the international study opportunities offered by the three partner institutions. In addition to instrumental or vocal lessons and a focus on contemporary chamber music, the artistic study programme offers experience in the areas of music theatre, live electronics and improvisation, among others. In addition, joint ensemble projects are carried out, the results of which are presented alternately at all three partner institutions.

The international Master's programme is aimed at prospective students who already have a first university degree qualifying them for a profession. The prerequisite for admission is the completion of a corresponding Bachelor's degree or another equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign educational institution.

The following studies are offered in the Master of New Music at the Mozarteum:

  • Voice
  • Piano, Organ
  • Oboe, recorder, flute, clarinet, bassoon, bass tuba, percussion instruments
  • Violin, Violoncello


An Erasmus stay is compulsory. Semesters 3 and 4 are intended for graduation at one of the two partner institutions.

General study information

The International Master of Contemporary Music (Bern - Dresden - Salzburg) is offered as a cooperative degree programme by the Mozarteum University, the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music Dresden and the Bern University of the Arts and serves to develop international study opportunities for the students of the three partner institutions.

The first two semesters of study take place at the respective home institution, while the last two semesters are spent in student exchange at one of the other two partner institutions (Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden or Hochschule der Künste Bern). Joint ensemble projects are carried out and performed alternately by all three partner institutions of the cooperative study programme.

The aim of the Master's programme is to deepen and complement the academic and artistic professional training on the basis of Bachelor's programmes that are relevant to the subject. The Master's programme in New Music qualifies students for the following professional fields:

  • Soloist
  • Chamber musician
  • Orchestra musician (for example in chamber, opera and symphony orchestras, orchestras and ensembles for contemporary music)
  • Freelance artist

The study programme serves to qualify students for professional activities that require the application of artistic and scientific knowledge and methods, for example in the field of cultural management, publishing, source evaluation, musicology, etc. The degree programme should contribute to the development of the student's personality and social skills and enable them to perceive and help shape artistic and overall social developments.

A Master's project must be completed in the Master's programme in New Music. This consists of a final module examination in the respective central artistic subject, including documentation of the Master's project.

The curriculum provides an overview of the courses to be completed, which are grouped into module groups.

The courses are visible online in Curriculum Support:

Link to the semester schedule

Two semesters abroad are mandatory for students of the Master's program in New Music.

Semesters one and two are completed at the home institution, semesters three and four at one of the two partner institutions of the cooperative study program. During the two semesters abroad, the courses of the equivalent curriculum of the respective partner institution must be taken.

There is no legal claim to complete the stay at a specific partner institution.

Admission to a master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for starting the course is also passing an audition. Auditions take place once a year and consist of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, proof of German language skills. All information about the audition can be found under “Information on the admissions process” further down on the page.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for study programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Information on the admission process

Admission to an MA Performance programme requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or other equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for admission to this university course is also the successful completion of an audition. Registration for an audition is completed online and requires candidates to upload documents proving their eligibility for the course, as well as an application video. An invitation to audition will only be issued after the necessary documents have been submitted in full and approved by the admissions office.


  • Document checks and the evaluation of application videos can take up to 6 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for degree programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

The audition panel will make a selection based on the application videos submitted. The selected applicants will be invited to an on-site audition. This consists of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, a test of German language skills.

The following documents must be uploaded in the online application form:

  • BA certificate or degree certificate of a relevant degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed
  • Confirmation of current enrolment if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted prior to enrolment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the BA degree programme
  • Official confirmation of the principal study, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • If further previous studies have been completed, a full overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of all artistic and pedagogical Master's and diploma studies must also be uploaded.
  • Application video

Format of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form, the video will be entered as a link.
  • If the documents are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.

Please note: If you pass the audition and are offered a university place, the documents must meet the certification requirements by the time of your enrolment at the latest.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link], where you must first create an application account. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder, so please be sure to check there if you think you have not received it. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact

Please ensure that you can be reached at the email address entered in your profile throughout the entire application process. If there are any changes, please update your profile yourself.

On the basis of the videos sent in, a pre-selection will be made by the examination committee. The video is to be uploaded on a video platform of choice.
The video must contain three representative pieces of New Music of different stylistic orientation for the respective instrument or for singing.

Important information on video uploads can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. The guidelines mentioned there are to be observed urgently!

The programme presented must contain representative pieces for the respective instrument or for singing, taking into account the technical and stylistic diversity.

The entrance examination consists of an artistic presentation of 20-25 minutes, which includes three works of New Music of different stylistic orientation.

  • Required language level: according to the requirements of the home institution, currently:
    B1 for the Dresden University of Music
    A2 for the Hochschule der Künste Bern and for the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (language level according to the Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Information on the German examination and the recognised certificates can be found HERE

The dates for 2024 will be published at the beginning of the year.

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete, including video!)
  • If the application video is positive: Invitation to the on-site entrance examination
  • Participation in the on-site admission test in May/June
  • if you pass the admission test: invitation to enrol for the degree programme
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Please note that the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers various support options at the time of your audition and during your studies if you have a disability or a chronic illness.

If this applies to you and you would like to take advantage of counselling, please contact Claudia Haitzmann: oder +43 676 88122 337.

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