Wind Band Conducting

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The Master's degree program in Wind Orchestra Conducting offers students a modern, comprehensive, practical, well-founded and advanced education in the field of wind orchestra conducting. The focus of the program is the acquisition of artistic-practical and theoretically sound knowledge and its application in practice.

General information

The aim of the Master's program is the practice-oriented deepening and supplementation of the scientific and artistic professional preparation on the basis of subject-related Bachelor's studies and qualifies students for professional practice for
The following fields which are open to the students:

  • Conducting wind orchestras
  • Conducting ensembles
  • Arranger*in for wind ensembles / wind orchestras
  • Teaching wind orchestra and / or ensemble conducting

Furthermore, the study program serves to qualify students for professional activities that require the application of artistic and scientific knowledge and methods, for example, in the field of instrument making, cultural management, musicology etc. Furthermore, the study program should contribute to the personality formation and development of social competences of the students. The students should be enabled to perceive and help shape artistic and overall social developments.

The four-semester master's program is modular in structure. A module is the combination of teaching and learning content into thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules as well as 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 program is a face-to-face program and cannot be offered - not even in parts - as a distance learning program. The courses from the Central Artistic Subject (ZKF) as well as the other Individual Artistic Instruction (KE) are designed to build upon each other. Prerequisite for enrollment in courses from the ZKF or KE in each semester - with the exception of the first - is a positive evaluation of the previous semester.

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

Admission to a master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognized 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 the admission test. This is offered once a year and consists of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, proof of German language skills. All information about the admission test can be found under “Information on the admission process” further down on the page.

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

Students of the Master's programme are recommended to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to the subject-specific competences, the following qualifications can be acquired through a study period abroad:

  • Acquisition and deepening of subject-specific foreign language skills
  • Acquisition and deepening of general language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Acquisition and deepening of organisational skills through independent planning of everyday study life in international administrative and university structures
  • Getting to know and studying in international study systems as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Acquisition and deepening of intercultural competences

The recognition of examinations taken during studies abroad as compulsory subjects, elective subjects or free elective subjects is carried out by the Director of Studies. The documents required for the assessment are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after the stay abroad.

Details at International Affairs.

Information on the admission process

Admission to the Master's program in Instrumental requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognized 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 the admission test. To do this, you must first register online and upload the necessary documents. An invitation to take the admission test will only be sent after the completed documents have been checked.


  • Reviewing the pre-study documents can take up to 6 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

The applicants who submitted their documents corretly will be invited to the on-site admission test. 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
  • current confirmation of enrolment if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted by the time of enrolment!)
  • overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the BA degree programme
  • official confirmation of the main subject/instrument, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • If further previous studies are available, a complete overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of all artistic and pedagogical Master's and diploma studies must also be uploaded.

Form of the documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.
    Please note: If you pass the admission test and receive a place at university, the documents must meet the certification requirements at the time of enrolment at the latest.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link].
You must first create an application account there. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder. So please check whether you received the email there. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact

Please make sure 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.

The examination consists of the analysis and conducting performance of two works. The following must be prepared:

  • Analysis and conducting performance of a transcribed orchestral work corresponding to the level of difficulty of: Beethoven, L. v., Egmont Overture / Arr. Esterbauer, A., Verdi, G., La Forza del Destino (Overture) / Arr. Cesarini, F. Rossini, G., La Gazza Ladra (Overture) / Arr. Schwarzmann, A. Strauss, J., Kaiserwalzer / Arr. Schwarzmann, A.
  • Analysis and conducting of an original work for wind orchestra according to the level of difficulty of: Gustav Holst, Second Suite for Band; G.F. Händel, Fireworks Music; Fisher Tull, Introit; F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Overture for Harmony Music; Claude T. Smith, Overture on an Early American Folk Hymn; Alfred Reed, Armenian Dances Part 1.

All applicants whose first language is not German must proof their German skills until the end of the 2nd semester.

  • required language level: at least A2 until the end of the 2nd semester (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Information about the German exam and the recognized 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!)
  • If documents have been checked positively: invitation to the entrance exam
  • 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 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: oder +43 676 88122 337.

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