Composition & Music Theory


The Department of Composition and Music Theory explores contemporary forms of instrumental and electroacoustic composition and explores scholarly, artistic, and pedagogical approaches to music and styles of all periods. Teaching and music education at the highest level are offered to students of all majors.


The department of composition is closely linked to the performance practice of New Music through close cooperation with the Institute for New Music and the international master's program in New Music.

In the area of music theory, the department offers, in addition to the professionalization in music theory provided for in all music degree programs, the possibility of in-depth study and specialization in the bachelor's and master's programs in music theory as well as in the focus on music theory/aural training in the IGP program (acquisition of the supplementary teaching qualification in music theory/aural training for Austrian music schools).



  • Andrea Mayer und Gerd Kühr | © BMKÖS HBF Lechner

    Awards & Successes
  • Rektorin Elisabeth Gutjahr mit den Kompositionsstudenten  Johannes Brömmel, Alfran García und Seung Ju Noh in Marseille. ARCO 2023 | © Stefan David Hummel
    ARCO as guest in Marseille 

    On July 16, this year's edition of the top-class French-Austrian Academy of Composition came to a successful close in Marseille with four concerts. For the first time, the prize winners of the International Mozart Competition were invited to Marseille and performed in the concerts.

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    Awards & Achievements in ZKF Music Theory 

    Independent scientific publications, peer-reviewed conference papers and teaching assignments at renowned institutions: Our students contribute significantly to representing the Mozarteum University in artistic-scientific research and pedagogy in music theory nationally and internationally. Congratulations to our students in the ZKF Music Theory.

    Awards & Successes
  • Oscar Jockel | © Tom Thiele
    Oscar Jockel - conductor and composer 

    Oscar Jockel is currently Kirill Petrenko's conducting assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic and a conducting fellow of the Karajan Academy for two years. He has been appointed the first Composer in Residence of the Brucknerhaus Linz for the 2020/21 season. Previous commissions range from works for solo instruments to sound installations and orchestral works, the latter for the Bruckner Orchestra Linz or the Camerata Salzburg, for example.

    Alumni Story


  • 1.3.—27.3.2024
    Study concerts March 2024
    Study concerts (or "class evenings") are concerts in which students of the Mozarteum University perform on stage. They are either organised as part of courses or by the respective departments - and can be experienced with free admission.
    Study concert
    · Free
  • 16.4.
    07:30 pm
    Wiener Saal, Stiftung Mozarteum
    Workshop concert music theory
    The programme includes works created as part of the composition courses - across all stylistic periods, from the Renaissance to modernism.
    · Free
  • 18.4.
    07:30 pm
    Ma fin est mon commencement
    Final concert of the postgraduate composition programme
    · Free
  • 19.4.—20.4.2024
    Music theory workshop
    This workshop weekend offers an ideal supplement to your own preparation. In a group rotation principle, all important areas of the licensing exam are taken with a focus on ear training and tone setting.
  • 22.5.
    06:30 pm
    Kleines Studio
    New works by the composition classes
    · Free


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