Singing (concert subject)

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The bachelor's degree program in voice is a comprehensive vocal and musical education as well as basic instruction in acting and music-dramatic performance. Students can continue their studies after graduation in one of three advanced master's programs (voice, lied & oratorio, opera & musical theater). 

Department of Vocal Studies
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Study & Examination Management
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8 semesters / 240 ECTS credits


Registration deadline
from February each year 
to the dates

Admission examinations
summer semester each year
to the dates


Study & Occupational Fields

The goal of the bachelor's program is to provide a practice-oriented and scientifically based professional preparation for a career as a singer in all available professional fields.

General study information

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the programme, students should:

  • master their instrument, the voice, and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • be able to deal critically with artistic and scientific issues
  • be able to perform professionally as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • have a comprehensive knowledge of style and repertoire
  • have gained insight into the literature and performance practice of new and early music
  • have acquired comprehensive knowledge of music theory and musicology and be able to apply this in practice
  • have mastered the basics of scientific work and are able to analyse and interpret artistic content in a well-founded manner and to elaborate on it in writing
  • to further develop their individual interests beyond their own subject area through targeted in-depth study in the framework of (free) elective subjects in the sense of lifelong learning.

The eight-semester course of study has a modular structure. A module is the combination of teaching and learning content into thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The designations 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 Bachelor'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. The prerequisite for enrollment in courses from the ZKF or KE is in each semester - with the exception of the first - the positive evaluation of the previous semester. The same applies to Musical Rehearsal (KE). Musical Rehearsal can only be taken in combination with ZKF.

Link to the semester plan

The prerequisite for admission to a Bachelor's degree programme (BA) is passing the entrance examination.

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

The entrance examination

If you have received an invitation to the entrance examination, you will have to take the following partial examinations:

A- Instrumental audition to determine artistic aptitude.

first round:

  • compulsory for all
  • Audition of a piece chosen by the candidate and possibly by the commission.
  • five vocal pieces (songs and arias from operas and oratorios) from different stylistic periods and in different languages must be prepared, at least one of which must be in German and one in Italian, as well as a recitative.
  • The programme must be performed from memory (except for the oratorios).
  • after a positive result, participation in the examinations B, C and, if applicable, D.

second round:

  • for all those who have positively completed the first round and participated in the partial examinations
  • Audition of a piece chosen by the candidate and possibly other pieces chosen by the commission.
  • In addition, the recitation of a freely chosen text in German or in the first language must be prepared.

If necessary, there will be an interview with the examination committee (discussion of motivation, background, previous studies, expectations or career prospects).

B - Music Theory & Aural Training

Examination of basic knowledge of general music theory (written and oral) including an aural test.

Requirements in the written part of the examination (approx. 60 minutes):

  • Notation of melodies from memory
  • Continuation of given melodies
  • Finding a melody to a given text
  • Noting down one-part and easy two-part melodic dictations as well as rhythmic dictations
  • Forming all triads and seventh chords including inversions (especially subdominant-quintessential and dominant-seventh chord)
  • Recognising and writing down simple figured basses as well as harmony functions and harmony steps in a musical context.

Requirements in the oral part of the examination (5-10 minutes):

  • sight-reading
  • Listening to and naming intervals and simple chord progressions
  • Singing triads (in inversions) and dominant seventh chords (in root position only)
  • Listening to harmonic steps and dissonant secondary notes
  • Extended cadence in major and minor in two different keys (on piano or guitar)

You can find an example of the exam as well as further help for preparation HERE.

C - Elementary Piano Examination

Audition lasting approx. 10 minutes. The programme has to consist of two pieces of different styles in the degree of difficulty from:

  • J.S. Bach: Notebook for Anna Magdalena
  • J. Haydn: Sonatas in C major, G major or F major (HOB: XVI: 7, 8 and 9)
  • R. Schumann: Album for the Youth, Op. 68

D - German language skills

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

After passing Partial Examination A, you will be admitted to Partial Examinations B-D (possibly in a different order). The repetition of the sub-examinations A-C in case of failure is not permitted. The admission examination can only be repeated in its entirety and only in the next academic year. The admission examination can be repeated an unlimited number of times.

Dates & time schedule

The dates of the admission examination as well as important deadlines can be found in the current schedule.

Time schedule:

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if the form is complete!)
  • 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

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: oder +43 676 88122 337.

Students of the Bachelor's programme are recommended to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 5 and 6 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.

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