Lied & Oratorio

Chelsea Marilyn Zurflüh | © Christian Schneider

To find one's own individual path to a stylistically differentiated interpretation of the lied and oratorio literature through a comprehensive catalog of subjects: The master's program in Lied & Oratorio refines the technical skills of singing and music-making in a special way, sensitizes the students' handling of language and poetry, and trains them for unrestricted artistic independence and podium maturity.

Department of Vocal Studies
+43 676 88122 451

+43 676 88122 375

Study & Examination Management
+43 676 88122 492

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits


Registration deadline
from February each year 
to the dates

Admission examinations
summer semester each year
to the dates


Study & Occupational Fields

The artistic study is oriented both to the current state of development of the arts and to the state of research in the sciences involved. The focus is on the stylistically differentiated interpretation of lied and oratorio literature in connection with piano accompaniment. Students acquire a well-founded systematic education with the highest artistic standards through their knowledge in the field of lied and oratorio literature.

The formation of an independent artistic personality and the development of the artistically sensitive person are primary goals of the program. Since the spoken word is often not sufficient to express truth, special importance is attached to singing, lied and the setting of world literary works (dramas, epics, lyrical poems) by composers. The works are thus given a new interpretation. The focus of the course is therefore not only on technical singing skills, but also on an understanding of language and poetry.

The study program offers flexibility for extended and versatile career goals.

General study information

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Master's programme Lied & Oratorio, students should:

  • master their instrument, the voice, at the highest level and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be able to compile a programme of laccording to artistic criteria, taking into account their own vocal abilities, and to work on it independently (podium maturity)
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • critically deal with artistic and scientific issues
  • be able to perform professionally as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • have in-depth knowledge of stylistics and repertoire for song and oratorio
  • have a command of scientific working techniques and be able to analyse and interpret artistic content in a well-founded manner and to elaborate on it in writing
  • develop their individual interests beyond their own subject area through targeted in-depth study within the framework of the (free) electives, in the spirit of lifelong learning.

The four-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 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. 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

Admission to the Master's programme Lied and Oratorio requires the completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognised Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Abs. 3 UG 2002). Admission with a pedagogical degree such as teaching degree or instrumental & vocal pedagogy is NOT possible.

A prerequisite for admission to the degree programme is also the successful completion of the admission examination. For this, an online application is first required, during which the necessary documents are checked. An invitation to the entrance examination will only be sent after the complete documents have been checked.


  • The examination of the pre-study documents can take up to 4 weeks! Early application is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for studies for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Documents required for online application

  • BA certificate or degree certificate from 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 files in the application form.
  • If the documents mentioned are not available in German or English, an official translation must also be submitted.

The Admission Examination

The following partial examinations must be completed within the entrance examination:

A - Audition to determine artistic aptitude. 

First round:

  • Audition of a piece chosen by the candidate and possibly by the commission.
  • eight songs of different stylistic periods must be prepared, at least four of which must be in German, as well as three arias in different languages from oratorios.
  • The programme is to be performed from memory.

possible intermediate round:

  • If necessary, work rehearsal (musical) lasting approx. 20 minutes with the ZKF teacher song and/or oratorio.

second round:

  • second part of the audition with a programme of the remaining pieces.

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

Note: In the case of a double application for MA Lied and Oratorio as well as MA Opera & Music Theatre, applicants audition for each degree programme.

B - German language skills

  • Required language level: at least A2 before the end of the 2nd semester (Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001)
  • Information on the German examination and the recognised certificates can be found HERE

Dates & timetable

The dates of the entrance 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 documents are complete!)
  • If the documents have been checked positive: Invitation to the on-site entrance examination
  • 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

Different 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: or +43 676 88122 337.

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.

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