ULG Wind Band Conducting

University course
Abschlusskonzert Blasorchesterleitung 2021

Since March 2019, the Mozarteum University has been offering the part-time university course in wind orchestra conducting as a continuing education program. The focus is on imparting specialized knowledge as well as practical practice and instruction with regard to the required knowledge of wind orchestra conducting.


University course

Due to the excellent teaching of musical and instrument-specific fundamentals at the musical educational institutions in the state of Salzburg and the constantly increasing level in the approximately 150 brass bands in Salzburg, the demands on the bandmasters of the Salzburg Brass Band Association are also increasing.

Therefore, the focus of the course is on conducting lessons (individual and group lessons) including artistic work development as well as conducting practice (correpetition and orchestral exercises), whereby the repertoire to be worked on is broadly diversified from traditional to symphonic and is oriented by the degree of difficulty to the practice to be expected of the participants later.

Teaching content related to the leadership role as a bandleader is woven into the course. Another focus is on the topics of arrangement and transcription, repertoire and analysis, as well as methodology/didactics of wind band conducting, combined with exercises in harmony, composition and ear training.

The university course is rounded off with the offer of observation of instrumental lessons of all instruments of the wind orchestra instrumentation at the Mozarteum University, teaching contents from the jazz/pop and percussion area as well as rhythm training and solfeggio. In addition to the lessons at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, the teaching program also takes the form of teaching rehearsals at brass bands as well as practice conducting at the Military Music Salzburg. This practical area involves close cooperation with the Salzburg Wind Band Association.

General information

The curriculum is competence-oriented. Students should, upon completion of the university course:

  • have developed and deepened their practical skills and theoretical expertise in conducting and in the musical direction of a wind orchestra/ensemble
  • be versed in the theory and practice of musical and conducting work development
  • have come to terms with the role of musical leadership
  • be able to critically reflect on experiences and initiate appropriate measures for optimisation
  • have developed and improved their experience in rehearsal methodology and didactics
  • have developed their knowledge of symphonic wind orchestra instruments, including percussion, instrumentation, musical arrangements, transcriptions and arrangements, repertoire and stylistic analysis, and be able to apply this knowledge in practice.
  • have deepened their skills and knowledge in the areas of harmony, composition and ear training
  • have trained their musical expression with the voice and consolidated their rhythmic-metric stability
  • have absorbed impulses from the jazz and pop area and be able to incorporate what they have learned into their practical work

The university course is open to all who are already a Kapellmeister*in or can prove comparable previous knowledge. It is not bound to any other (pre-)studies at the Mozarteum University.

A prerequisite for admission is the successful completion of the entrance examination. An online application is required for this, during which the necessary documents are checked. Only after the examination of the completely submitted documents and a positive assessment of one's own works will an invitation to the admission examination be issued.

The university course starts every two years in March (summer semester) and is held on Saturdays all day during the academic year. 

Necessary documents for online registration

  • written curriculum vitae
  • letter of motivation
  • possibly proof of previous education

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF files in the application form.
  • If the above-mentioned certificates and official documents are not available in German or English, an official translation must also be submitted.

The entrance examination

If an invitation to the entrance examination is issued, an oral examination must be taken to determine artistic aptitude. This consists of three parts:

A - Interview

Interview with the examination committee on motivation, background, expectations (= personal presentation including artistic/musical career and previous conducting duties as well as submission of a written CV as part of the application for the entrance examination)

B - Presentation & discussion of a wind orchestra work of free choice.

The score must be submitted in duplicate or as a copy for the entrance examination.

C - Conducting & Work Analysis

Conducting and work analysis of one of the following three works:

  • Gustav Holst: First Movement (March/Allegro) and Second Movement (Song/Andante) from the Second Suite in F, Edition Colin Matthews.
  • Antonin Dvořák/Arr.: Siegmund Goldhammer: Slavonic Dance No. 4, op. 46
  • Johann Strauss Sohn/Arr. Albert Schwarzmann: Emperor Waltz

D -German language skills

  • Required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Information on the German examination and the recognised certificates can be found HERE

Dates and timetable

  • Registration for the examination during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration is only possible if all documents are complete!)
  • If the documents have been positively examined: Invitation to the on-site admission examination
  • Participation in the on-site admission test in January
  • If you pass the admission test: Invitation to enrol in the course
  • Enrolment during the general admission period of the summer semester

The admission examination takes place only every two years; the course starts in the following summer semester.

Deviating examination method

Please note that the University Mozarteum Salzburg offers various support options for the admission examination 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 or +43 676 88122 337.

A course fee and the ÖH fee must be paid per semester for participation in the university course.

Information on the current level of fees can be found HERE.

The university course begins every two years in March (summer semester) and is held on Saturdays throughout the academic year. 

Link to semester schedule

The final examination consists of an internal and an external examination part:

  • In the fourth semester, the last orchestral exercise in each case is set up as an internal examination, which, if passed, results in admission to the external final examination (rehearsals and concert).
  • Conducting a wind orchestra piece in the graduate concert (with the Military Music Salzburg). The rehearsal work for the final concert is also included in the assessment.



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Ion Marin und das Akademieorchester im Rahmen der Mozartwoche 2023 | © Wolfgang Lienbacher
Sinfoniekonzert Max Schlereth Saal Oktober 2023 | © Michael Klimt
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