Vocal Accompaniment for Song and Oratorio

Entrance exams for the start of studies in winter semester 2024/25

Application deadline: Thu, 08.02.2024


1. Online application including video submissions 
(until application deadline)

2. On-site appointment for selected applicants
Thu, 18.04.2024 and Fri, 19.04.2024

Johannesgasse 4a, 1010 Vienna

Please make all organizational preparations (flight reservations, visa, etc.) in time to participate. You will be informed by e-mail approximately mid-March 2024 if you will be invited to this optional on-site audition.

Programme for the entrance exam

Master's Programme

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.

The entrance examination is done by sending in two application videos. Important information for a correct recording of your application videos can be found here.

The application videos include:

  • Introduction video + artistic presentation “solo performance”
  • Artistic presentation “accompaniment”


Introduction video

The introduction video takes max. 2 minutes, the language is either German or English. In this introduction video, please include your personal information (name, etc.), important stages of your education to date, important artistic achievements, your motivation for studying, why you would like to study at MUK and, if applicable, your teacher wishes.

Directly after the performance, you will start your 1st video for the 1st round of the artistic presentation (without editing).

Artistic presentation

The presentation of your artistic programme takes place directly after the introduction video (without editing!). You choose the programme in your own order. The specified examination programme of the 1st round (without breaks/cuts) must be recorded in full length.

1st round examination program “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
  • 1-2 songs of your own choice (including singer)

If the 1st round of your entrance exam has been graded "passed", the commission will review your second video (uploaded in the course of the application) with the exam programme of the 2nd round.

2nd round examination programme “accompaniment”:

1-2 representative songs from the following (have to be recorded with a singer):

   a) Gretchen am Spinnrad in D minor or B minor (F. Schubert)
   b) Er, der Herrlichste von allen in E-flat major or D-flat major (R. Schumann)
   c) Verborgenheit in E-flat major or C major (H. Wolf)
   d) Heimliche Aufforderung in B major or G-flat major (R. Strauss)

The choice of technical equipment is up to you, since it is in your own interest that sound and image quality are as representative as possible.

You will be informed personally via e-mail about the result of your video application.


On-site audit (for selected applicants):

After viewing the video applications, selected applicants will be invited to an additional on-site audit at MUK.

Contents of the on-site audit:

  • Program of the 2nd video and a song that will be announced one week before the exam (singer is provided by MUK)
  • Prima vista playing: Pieces from the vocal accompaniment literature, chosen by the committee.
  • Prima vista singing of a simple piece with simultaneous accompaniment of the same
  • Interview about study motivation

Certificate of Performance

The entrance examination is done by sending in corresponding application videos. Important information for a correct recording of your application videos can be found here.  

The admission exam 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.

Note: An appointment for an on-site entrance examination may also be arranged as an option after arrangement with the head of the study 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 application for the entrance examination is done via the application mask in MUKonline. All necessary steps for the application for the entrance exam are listed here.