To preserve the musical heritage of Viennese composer Walter Jurmann (1903-1971) for the younger generations and to motivate engagement with this world-famous and yet very often unknown world musician, the biennial Walter Jurmann Vocals and Performance Competition was held for the first time in 2012.
The opportunity to learn new things while having the opportunity to win a scholarship is intended to support the development of the repertoire of Walter Jurmann’s music. A large amount of sheet music has been archived by the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, making it accessible for students.
Students from all accredited Austrian music universities (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Anton Bruckner Private University Upper Austria, Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna) within the faculties of vocals and opera, musical theatre, drama and diploma programmes for classical operetta, and similar, are eligible to take part.
Entrants of the competition are expected to perform three Lieder, chansons or songs by Walter Jurmann, one of which should come from the English or French repertoire of the composer. A MUK-appointed répétiteur will provide musical accompaniment. A renowned jury made up of artists, teachers and cultural managers will evaluate the performance. The prize-winners will receive comments on their programme as part of the award ceremony.
The next competition is expected to take place in spring of 2018.