Postgraduate certificate
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The fascinating world of the viola: this postgraduate course focuses on the technical, artistic and intellectual basis of viola playing and challenges students to further develop their independent and professional approach to the instrument. Students are sensitised to motion sequences, bowing techniques, practice efficiency and intonation (harmonic as well as formal orientation) and gain comprehensive knowledge of repertoire from all periods.

General information

The course includes 2 academic hours per week of instruction in the principal study. In addition, electives and free electives can be taken. Performance opportunities at university concerts and events in Salzburg and further afield are part of the course.

The duration of the course is 2 semesters. With the approval of the principal study teacher and the Director of Studies, it is possible to extend the course by one or two semesters.

Successful completion of the course is based upon passing grades in classes relating to the principal study. A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.

The curriculum provides an overview of the courses offered. In addition to the lessons in the principal study, (free) elective subjects can be taken. These are listed in the curriculum under “no semester recommended”.

Link to the curriculum

A course fee and the ÖH contribution (Students' Union fees) must be paid per semester for participation in the university course.

Information on the current fees can be found HERE.

Admission to a postgraduate university course (PGL) requires the successful completion of a subject-related master's degree or diploma at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution in the respective principal study. Admission with a teaching degree, such as music education or instrumental & vocal pedagogy, is NOT possible.

A prerequisite for starting the course is also passing an audition. Auditions take place once a year. All information about the audition can be found under “Information on the Admissions Process” further down on the page.

Information on the admissions process

Admission to a postgraduate university course (PGL) requires the successful completion of a subject-related master's or diploma degree at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution in the respective principal study. Admission with a teaching degree, such as music education or instrumental & vocal pedagogy, is NOT possible.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Document checks can take up to 4 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.

The audition panel will make a selection based on the application videos submitted. The selected applicants will be invited to an on-site audition.

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

  • BA certificate and MA certificate or final certificate of an equivalent degree programme, if the degree programme has already been completed.
  • Confirmation of current enrolment in a Master's programme, if the study programme has not yet been completed (the transcript must be submitted prior to enrolment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades from your BA and MA degree programmes (Transcript of Records)
  • Official confirmation of the principal study, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • Application video

Format of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form; the video should 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.

A pre-selection of applicants will be made by the audition panel based on the videos submitted. The following excerpt from the audition programme for “Postgraduate Certificate in Viola” must be uploaded to a video platform of the applicant’s choice:

  • Prelude from a Bach suite
  • Classical concerto: first and second movement (each up to the recapitulation)
  • A movement from a Romantic work (up to the recapitulation)
  • First part of the first movement of a concerto by Hindemith/Bartok/Walton
  • A demanding etude

The video should begin with a short personal introduction by the applicant.

Important information on video uploads can be found HERE, as well as the data protection information. Applicants are urged to observe the guidelines given here!


The programme presented must include pieces typical of the viola repertoire from several styles or periods, taking into account technical and stylistic diversity. Concertos, solo pieces and caprices must be performed from memory (exception for modern and contemporary works after consultation with the audition panel).

The following works must be prepared:

  • A demanding caprice (e.g. Vieux, Paganini)
  • First and second movement of a classical concerto
  • Two movements of a major concerto
  • Prelude and another movement of Bach IV-VI or two movements of a sonata/partita

An experienced accompanist is available to play for the audition; unfortunately, communication rehearsals are not possible. Candidates must provide copies of their sheet music for the pianist!

If necessary, an interview with the audition panel will take place afterwards.

The dates for 2024 can be found here.

A complete overview of all current audition dates can be found here.

  • Online registration for an audition during the application period via the registration portal for applicants
    (PLEASE NOTE: Registration is only possible after submission of all required documents, including video!)
  • In case of passing the pre-selection (video) round: invitation to on-site audition
  • Participation in the on-site audition in May/June
  • In case of a successful audition: invitation to enrol in 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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