Vocal Studies

Gesang | © Christian Schneider

The programme offers vocal training coupled with an emphasis selected by the student. The areas of emphasis to be chosen range from specialties in the musical field (new or early music, vocal coaching, choral singing, and others) to specialties in other diverse areas such as cultural management, music therapy, and communication studies.

General information

The master's programme in voice enables students to expand and deepen the skills they have acquired in the bachelor's programme in the areas of opera, art song and oratorio. To this end, a comprehensive range of courses is offered in both compulsory and elective subjects, which are geared to the constantly growing requirements of singers in the fields of opera, concert and art song, with the ultimate aim of artistic maturity.

In addition to in-depth work on opera roles and oratorio parts, students are given the opportunity to work on an extensive art song repertoire as a duo partner. The latter option represents an important expansion of the options offered by this programme in the area of ensemble musicianship.

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Master's programme in Voice, students should:

  • master their instrument, the voice, at the highest level and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be able to compile a programme according to artistic criteria, taking into account their own vocal abilities, and to work on it independently (artistic maturity)
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be capable of dealing critically with artistic and academic questions
  • be capable of dealing with artistic and academic issues
  • be able to perform professionally as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • possess in-depth knowledge of stylistics and repertoire for opera, lied and oratorio
  • have mastered the techniques of academic research and writing, and be able to analyse, interpret and write about artistic content in a grounded manner
  • have further developed their individual interests beyond their own subject area through targeted consolidation in the context of elective subjects, in the spirit of lifelong learning

The four-semester master's programme is modular in structure.  Each module comprises teaching and learning content that has been combined to form thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules, the number of ECTS credits to be achieved for each module, and the type of performance assessment are specified in the curriculum. The module descriptions refer to the corresponding learning outcomes and competencies.

The Master's programme is a face-to-face programme and cannot be offered - not even in part - as a distance learning programme. The courses from the Principal Study, as well as in other One-to-One Tuition, are designed to build upon each other. Prerequisite for enrolment in courses from the Principal Study or One-to-One Tutition is a positive evaluation of the previous semester (from the second semester onwards).

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

The courses are visible online in Curriculum Support:

Link to the curriculum

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!

Students of the Master's programme are encouraged to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to subject-specific competences, a study period abroad can also lead to the acquisition and deepening of:

  • Subject-specific foreign language skills
  • General foreign-language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Organisational skills, through independent planning of everyday student life in international administrative and university structures
  • Knowledge about international study systems, as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Intercultural competences


Examinations and assessments taken during studies abroad can be approved by the Director of Studies as equivalents to compulsory subjects, elective sujects or free elective subjects required by the Mozarteum University for your degree course. The documents required for the approval procedure are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after their exchange semester.

Details at International Affairs.

Information on the admissions 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. 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 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!

Applicants whose documents have been approved will be invited to the 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.

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 studieninfo@moz.ac.at

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.

first round:

  • Preparation of a programme containing four art songs, two opera arias and two arias from an oratorio of different stylistic periods in different languages, one piece in German, one in Italian and one in French.
  • Performance of an art song and an aria (one of which must be in German) and possibly a piece selected by the commission.
  • The programme is to be performed from memory (except for the oratorio arias).

possible intermediate round:

  • If applicable, workshop session (musical and/or dramatic) lasting approx. 20 minutes with the Lied Professor or Professor from one of the Opera classes.

second round:

  • performance of the remaining pieces on the audition programme.

If necessary, an interview with the audition panel will take place to discuss motivation, background, previous studies, expectations or career prospects.

All applicants whose first language is not German must prove their German skills by the time of enrolment at the latest.

  • Required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER 2001)
  • Information on the approved language certificates can be found HERE

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!)
  • Participation in the on-site audition in June/July
  • Upon passing the 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: claudia.haitzmann@moz.ac.at oder +43 676 88122 337.

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