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Vocal Accompaniment for Opera

Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2020/21

Application deadline: Sun., 02.02.2020

Programme for the entrance exam

Master's Programme

Tue., 25.02.2020, 10.00–21.00
Room 2.05 Erkersaal (Johannesgasse 4a, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

Prerequisite for admission to the Master’s degree course is a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree in the same field of study or an equivalent qualification as well as successfully passing the entrance examination and there being a place available on the course.

The Director of Studies can link admission to the Master’s degree course to the condition that specific courses beyond the syllabus of the Master’s degree must be completed or that written essays must be submitted. The student can be set a deadline to fulfil these conditions. If no deadline is set, these conditions must be fulfilled before the end of the course.

This course is offered in three central artistic subjects: instrumental accompaniment, vocal accompaniment for song and oratorio and vocal accompaniment for opera. The course trains pianists who go on to provide the accompaniment for instrumental concerts, become the professional partner of lied singers or are used in operas.

Part 1: Piano - solo performance
• Virtuoso étude by F. Chopin or F. Liszt, C. Debussy, A. Scriabin, S. Rachmaninoff
• Slow movement from a sonata by L. v. Beethoven
• Significant composition, at the level of difficulty of a Chopin ballad or a piece from the time of C. Debussy through to the modern day, printed compositions, at the level of difficulty of Jeux d’eau by M. Ravel
You must pass the first part to be admitted to the second part of the examination.

Part 2: Accompaniment
• Three representative arias from different stylistic eras, including one by W. A. Mozart, one by G. Puccini and one of the candidate’s own choice. Singers must be brought along.
• Prima vista playing: Pieces from the opera literature, chosen by the committee.
• Prima vista singing of a simple aria with simultaneous accompaniment of the same

Part 3: Interview about study motivation

Certificate of Performance

Tue., 25.02.2020, 10.00–21.00
Room 2.05 Erkersaal (Johannesgasse 4a, 2nd floor, 1010 Vienna)

If you cannot join the exam on the given date, an individual exam date can be arranged.

The admission exam can be done directly on site in Vienna or by submitting respective application videos and serves to determine applicants’:
    a) motivation for undertaking the programme of study
    b) artistic proficiency (corresponding to Master’s level entry)
    c) artistic and personal suitability
The admission process is split into three parts – applicants must be successful in Part 1 in order to progress to the next stage.

1. Submission of a short biography (including language skills), covering letter, repertoire list and an audition programme:
•   Short biography: applicants should provide a written overview of the qualifications they have gained so far, their (language) skills, and the areas their activities have focused on.
•   Covering letter: applicants should describe their personal expectations of the programme and what they are looking to get out of it. Applicants should also state their current artistic activities and skills and those they are aiming to acquire.
•   Audition programme for Part 2: a programme for the artistic presentation that makes up Part 2 (corresponding to Master’s level entry).

2. Artistic presentation:
In the artistic presentation, applicants should demonstrate their instrumental proficiency and level of artistry. The programme should be put together by the applicant her/himself and should give as strong an impression as possible of her/his artistic qualifications. Instrumental proficiency should be at least that needed for Master’s level entry.

3. Colloquium:
Together with the applicant, a panel will discuss and reflect on the results of Parts 1 and 2 of the admission exam and examine the applicant’s individual and artistic potential as well as her/his personal goals and suitability for the programme.

Information required for all applicants

Schedule might be possibly altered even in the short term! Regarding that please look up this section of the website regularly. Thank you.

Applications for studying at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna can be submitted online at anytime; they will be reserved for the next admission period. Applications submitted after the application deadline can no longer be considered for the subsequent audition date.


The MUK consideres itself a progressive Music and Arts university, which creates cultural values in the fields of music, dance, drama and singing. The MUK is the only university in the ownership of the city of Vienna and unites the best international talents and prominent teachers.



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