isa – International Summer Academy
of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna



Instrumentalists (2 weeks):
Arrival: 12 August 2018 (check-in)
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 13 August 2018, morning
Departure: 26 August 2018 (morning check-out)

Master Class for Voice:
13 August 2018
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 14 August 2018, morning
Departure: 23 August 2018 (morning check-out)

Master Class for Composers:
13 August 2018
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 14 August 2018, morning
Departure: 26 August 2018 (morning check-out)

Master Class for Contemporary Music:
15 August 2018
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 16 August 2018, morning
Departure: 26 August 2018 (morning check-out)

Abbreviated participation is permitted only in exceptional circumstances (to be confirmed after the registration deadline). In such cases, the full fee must still be paid.

Postgraduate students or highly advanced undergraduates with performing experience.

Lessons will be taught by one professor or by a pre-determined combination of professors.
Exception: Ensembles participating in the Master Class for Chamber Music (Strings/Piano) will generally receive lessons from all participating professors.

isa strives to fulfil requests for specific professors made in the application. Final assignments are made on the first day of the course.

Instrumentalists & Voice:
Every participant will receive at least six 45-minute lessons
Exception: Ensembles participating in the Master Class for Chamber Music (Strings/Piano) will generally receive lessons from all participating professors.

Master Class for Composers:
Every participant will receive at least five 45-minute lessons.

Master Class for Contemporary Music:
Every participant will receive at least four 45-minute lessons.

Repertoire requests for the course need to be made by 15 April 2018. For more information, see


In addition to the two-week master classes, participants can also take advantage of supplementary offerings including workshops, lectures, and coaching sessions.
Such offerings are accessible only in combination with a master class (duration of the registered class) and are included in the course fee.

The isaFestival  (more than 40 concerts) is the presentation platform for all participants and an opportunity to perform in public.
Top-notch (professional) artistic quality is required.
Final decisions regarding who will be invited to perform are made by isa’s artistic director.


Instrumental courses:
At the end of the first course week, the professors will nominate the candidates who will be permitted to participate in the competitions during the second course week. It is possible to be nominated for more than one award category, but it must be with different pieces. Pieces must be prepared in full. The jury may decide which movement is to be played.

The award winners will have the opportunity to perform in the concerts that conclude their respective master classes or, alternatively, in the award winners’ concert at the ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna.

Decisions regarding solo performances in the orchestra concert will be made during the auditions at the beginning of the course.

Master Class for Contemporary Music, and “Just Composed!” (workshop):
The Award winners will be chosen at the final concert of isa’s composers.

The jury is free to confer or withhold awards as it sees fit. Ex-aequo and special mention awards are possible.

At the conclusion of their master classes, active participants will receive certificates confirming their participation in isaMasterClass.


Application must be done online at

15 February - 15 April 2018

A high artistic level must be confirmed by
- demo recording
- letter of recommendation
- photo

Demo recording


At least two movements or pieces, one slow, one fast – thereof:
One work of Viennese Classicism (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) or from its historical and stylistic context.
A second one of your own free choice (Master Class for Contemporary Music: the second must be a contemporary piece or movement).
(Upload .mp3 files or indicate links) 

two arias (one by Mozart and one of your own free choice)
- different in character
- by different composers
(Upload .mp3 files or indicate links) 

3 works: recordings (.mp3 file or link) and scores (hard copy or .pdf file)

Letter of recommendation
A letter of recommendation (written by a professor or personality who is renowned within the international music scene) confirming your artistic qualification for the master classes is required.

(Upload .jpg, .png or .gif file)


Application fee: € 150

Course fee:

  • Solo instrumental € 545
  • Chamber Music: € 445 (per person)
  • Voice: € 650
  • Contemporary Music: € 250
  • Composition: €390

The course fee includes:

- lessons
- practice facilities
- participation in workshops, lectures, and competitions
- free admission to all concerts of the isaFestival

Course fee for auditors:

  • All courses: € 195

The course fee includes

- passive participation in lessons, workshops and lectures.
- free admission to all concerts of the isaFestival.


Accommodation fees:

  • Solo instrumental - strings  € 595  (14 nights)
  • Solo instrumental - winds, piano €645 (14 nights)
  • Chamber Music: € 645 (14 nights)
  • Master Class for Voice: € 690 (10 nights)
  • Master Class for Composition: € 550 (13 nights)
  • Master Class for Contemporary Music  € 450 (11 nights)

All accommodation fees include 3 meals daily.


Application fee due by: 15 April 2017
All remaining fees due by: 30 June 2017

Name: Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Bank: UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Address: Schottengasse 11, 1010 Wien
IBAN: AT121200051428590201
Reason for payment: VA31SA18

All fees for international transfers must be borne by the participant.
The option “No charges for the recipient” must be selected.
The participant’s name must be noted.

If a participant withdraws from the course, the registration fee will not be reimbursed. If the withdrawal occurs after 15 July, the course fee will be reimbursed only in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident, death in the family, etc).

Participants whose applications are accepted will be informed as soon as possible. If an application cannot be accepted by isa (due to an insufficient artistic level, for example), all fees will be reimbursed.

All fees will be reimbursed if the management of the isaMasterClasses is forced to cancel a master class.

Optional cancellation insurance possible.


The participant must organize and pay for his/her own arrival at the respective course location.
isaMasterClass offers a shuttle service, if needed, at each course location between train station and hotel upon arrival and departure, as well as for course activities (concerts, workshops, etc.) and by appointment. Our shuttle service is reserved exclusively for participants staying at the official isa accommodations.

Accommodations are normally taken care of by isa.
Please inform isa’s management if you intend to make your own accommodation arrangements.


Should individual items of these general conditions be or become invalid, the validity of the other items of these general conditions shall not be affected. The invalid item will be replaced by a substitute provision that comes as close as possible to the intended item.

Participation in the Summer Academy occurs at the participant’s own risk. Participants are responsible for any damage that they may cause. The Summer Academy assumes no liability for compensation of damages, insofar as these are not due to intent or gross negligence, in particular if a master class or a course has to be cancelled.
The parent or legal guardian who concludes the contract for participation in the isaMasterClass on behalf of the underage participant declares his or her agreement with the fact that the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna will not assume any responsibility for supervising underage participants.
Every registration of an underage participant requires a signed declaration by the parent or legal guardian to this effect.
The parent or legal guardian shall be held liable for any damage caused by the underage participant.
The parent or legal guardian shall furthermore indemnify and hold harmless the mdw with regard to any and all claims to compensation for damages raised by the underage participant.
It is agreed that Austrian law shall apply for all conflicts resulting from or related to this business relationship, under exclusion of norms of international private law and of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
The place of jurisdiction for all conflicts resulting from or related to the business relationship shall be Vienna, Austria.

I agree to the General Conditions.

I acknowledge that photographs, video and audio recordings at isaMasterClass, as well as radio and television broadcasts of this material, are planned, and for all these I grant my consent.

The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (isaMasterClass) reserves all rights thereto, including to any photos and to both recording and playback in audio and video media.
Possible claims by third parties will not be acknowledged.


isa – Internationale Sommerakademie
der mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna

T +43 1 71155-5110
F +43 1 71155-5199