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The Master's degree programme in Lied enables singers and pianists to find individual ways to achieve stylistically and content-wise differentiated interpretations in song composition through an extensive catalogue of subjects. The focus is on the understanding of lied as vocal chamber music.
The aim of the programme is to achieve unrestricted artistic independence while at the same time sensitising students to musical interaction and ultimately to achieve podium maturity.

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General information

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 programme offers flexibility for extended and versatile career goals.

The following preliminary studies are relevant for admission to the Master's degree programme in Lied:

  • for singers: BA Voice
  • for pianists: BA Piano

Double registration for the MA programme Lied (Department Voice) and the MA Programme Piano chamber music and Lied interpretation (Department Keyboard Instruments) is possible.
Please note: The MA Piano Chamber Music and Lied Interpretation is being phased out. The changeover to MA Piano Chamber Music (without Lied Interpretation) is expected to take place in the academic year 2025/26.

The curriculum is competence-oriented. After completing the Master's programme in Voice, students should:

  • master their instrument/their voice, at the highest level and be able to present themselves professionally
  • be able to compile a programme according to artistic criteria, taking into account their own vocal/instrumental abilities, and to work on it independently (podium maturity)
  • be free and independent in their artistic work
  • critically deal with artistic and scientific questions
  • 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 opera, lied and oratorio
  • have a command of scientific working techniques and be able to analyse and interpret artistic content in a well-founded manner and prepare it in writing
  • develop their individual interests beyond their own subject area through targeted in-depth study in (free) elective subjects in the spirit of lifelong learning.

Beginning with the academic year 2024/25 singers and NEW(!) also pianists will be able to study in the master´s degree programme Lied in the department of vocal studies at Mozarteum Universtiy Salzburg.

The Master´s programme offers singers and pianists combined classes: Lied interpretation in the Lied classes, repertoire, Art song in context, performance training, languages and recitation.
Pianists will also have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with singers in the voice and oratorio classes in the subject correpetition, as well as in the subject vocal coaching.

Additionaly, regular classes in the Class Forum Lied will be offered by both Lied professors.

The four-semester master's programme is modular in structure.  Each module comprises teaching and learning content that has been combined to form thematically and didactically meaningful units of study. The names and content descriptions (study objectives) of the individual modules, 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 programme is a face-to-face programme and cannot be offered - not even in part - as a distance learning programme. The courses from the Principal Study, as well as in other One-to-One Tuition, are designed to build upon each other. Prerequisite for enrolment in courses from the Principal Study or One-to-One Tutition is a positive evaluation of the previous semester (from the second semester onwards).

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 (valid until 30.09.2024)
From 01.10.2024 a new semester plan is valid (new curriculum), it will be published later.

Admission to a master's program requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or another equivalent degree at a recognised 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 an audition. Auditions take place once a year and consist of an instrumental audition and, if necessary, proof of German language skills. All information about the audition can be found under “Information on the admissions process” further down on the page.

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

Students of the Master's programme are encouraged to complete a semester abroad. Semesters 2 and 3 of the degree programme are particularly suitable for this. In addition to subject-specific competences, a study period abroad can also lead to the acquisition and deepening of:

  • Subject-specific foreign language skills
  • General foreign-language skills (language comprehension, conversation, etc.)
  • Organisational skills, through independent planning of everyday student life in international administrative and university structures
  • Knowledge about international study systems, as well as broadening one's own subject perspective
  • Intercultural competences


Examinations and assessments taken during studies abroad can be approved by the Director of Studies as equivalents to compulsory subjects, elective sujects or free elective subjects required by the Mozarteum University for your degree course. The documents required for the approval procedure are to be submitted by the applicant immediately after their exchange semester.

Details at International Affairs.

Information on the admission process

Admission to an MA Performance programme requires the completion of a relevant bachelor's degree (BA) or other equivalent degree at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution (e.g. university, college) (§ 64 Para. 3 UG 2002).

A prerequisite for admission to this university course is also the successful completion of an audition. Registration for an audition is completed online and requires candidates to upload documents proving their eligibility for the course. An invitation to audition will only be issued after the necessary documents have been submitted in full and approved by the admissions office.


  • Document checks can take up to 6 weeks! Early registration is therefore recommended.
  • You can only apply for degree programmes for which you have not yet obtained a degree!

Applicants whose documents have been approved will be invited to the on-site audition. 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
  • Confirmation of current enrolment if the degree programme has not yet been completed (the certificate must be submitted prior to enrolment!)
  • Overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of the BA degree programme
  • Official confirmation of the principal study, if this is not evident from the other documents (e.g. "Bachelor of Music" is not sufficient!)
  • If further previous studies have been completed, a full overview of subjects and grades (Transcript of Records) of all artistic and pedagogical Master's and diploma studies must also be uploaded.

Format of documents

  • The documents can be uploaded as PDF in the application form, the video will be entered as a link.
  • If the documents are not available in German or English, an official translation must be submitted.

Please note: If you pass the audition and are offered a university place, the documents must meet the certification requirements by the time of your enrolment at the latest.

It is possible to apply individually, so you do not have to register as an existing duo.

Registration takes place via the application portal [Link] - the programme is assigned to the Department of Voice there.

First you need to create an application account. Please note that the automatic email to activate the account can often be found in the spam folder, so please be sure to check there if you think you have not received it. If you still have problems activating your account, please contact

Please ensure 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 a two to three-stage selection procedure. The first stage includes an audition in front of the examination board. Only applicants who have successfully completed the first round may go on to the second round (consisting of a work rehearsal) and the third round (consisting of a second audition).

The Mozarteum University Salzburg will provide accompanists or singers for the entrance examinations, subject to availability. Applicants are free to bring their own accompanists or singers to the examination.

for singers:

  • First round: The candidate sings a piece of their own choice and possibly a piece selected by the commission. The performance must be from memory.
    Eight songs from different stylistic periods, at least four of which must be in German and three arias in different languages from oratorios, must be prepared for the audition. The songs must be performed from memory.
  • Second round: If necessary, work rehearsal (musical) lasting approx. 20 minutes with the ZKF song teachers.
  • Third round: Second part of the audition with a programme of the remaining pieces.

for pianists:

  • First round: The applicant performs a piece of their own choice and possibly one selected by the commission. 
    Ten songs from different stylistic periods, at least four of which must be in German, and two arias from oratorios, which will be announced by the commission at least four weeks in advance, must be prepared for the audition.
  • Second round: If necessary, work rehearsal (musical) lasting approx. 20 minutes with the ZKF song teachers.
  • Third round: Second part of the audition with a programme of the remaining pieces.

Information for ZKF Lied interpretation (Piano): Students are requested to bring their own singing partners for the songs. If this is not possible, a singer will be provided after timely notification and consultation. In this case, the works to be prepared will be announced in advance by the department in accordance with the available singers.
Please note: The two oratorio arias will be performed exclusively by singers from the department. There is the possibility of a short communication rehearsal.

All applicants whose first language is not German must prove their German skills by the time of enrolment at the latest.

  • Required language level: at least A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages GER 2001)
  • Information on the approved language certificates can be found HERE

The dates for 2024 can be found here.

A complete overview of all current entrance exam dates is here.

  • Examination registration during the application period online via the registration portal for university applicants
    (ATTENTION: Registration only possible if documents are complete!)
  • Participation in the on-site admission test in June/July
  • if you pass the admission test: invitation to enrol for the degree programme
  • Enrolment during the general admission period

Please note that the Mozarteum University Salzburg offers various support options at the time of your audition 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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