Choirs & Music Workshops
Summa Cum Laude - Int. Youth Music Festival Vienna
Each year for five days in July, the Summa Cum Laude - International Youth Music Festival Vienna offers over a thousand young choir members prestigious stages for their performances in the guise of the Wiener Musikverein, the House of Music and the MuTh - the concert hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir. The young singers get a lasting impression of Vienna as a city of music as they continue on their musical journey through life. The competition promotes cultural exchange and international contacts.
Singing in St. Stephen's Cathedral
Choirs have the opportunity to take part in the mass, which is held at noon in St. Stephen's Cathedral, by singing four to five pieces (eventually accompanied by organ). In addition, the choir can give a concert of half an hour afterwards.
Another possibility of perfoming at St. Stephen's is a short evening concert (a cappella or with organ), starting at 8.30 pm and lasting up to an hour. In the afternoon there is the chance to test the acoustics for half an hour.
House of Music as a performance venue for choirs
The House of Music is an interactive sound museum located in the city center and offers innovative approaches to music in an exciting permanent exhibition spread over six floors. Visitors learn lots about the most famous Viennese composers and try out a few things for themselves: conducting, composing a waltz, experimenting with tones, sounds, instruments and orchestras. Special offer for choirs: It is possible to use the special acoustics of the inner courtyard for vocal performances.
Music courses and workshops
Students of music from around the world appreciate the high-class instrumental and singing training given to them in Vienna by leading artists. Just as prized are the study places.
- Vienna Master Courses
These focus on the music of the Viennese Classical/Romantic period (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner and Brahms). The precise imparting of technique, interpretation and performance practice is covered by the study of the international concert and opera repertoire, as well as the development of an easier approach to the music of the 20th century (Mahler, R. Strauss, Stravinsky, Schönberg, A. von Webern etc.) and subsequently for composers of the present day. The master courses are held in July and August at Schloss Laudon (Castle Laudon).
- Wiener MusikSeminar
The Wiener MusikSeminar (Vienna Music Seminar) is also internationally renowned. About 350 students from around 30 countries take part in the master courses each year in summer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The program of teaching events covers the subjects of piano, singing, lied interpretation, song accompaniment, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone and chamber music. The conducting courses are also very popular.
- Visiting the Vienna Boys' Choir
The possibility exists for choirs to visit the Vienna Boys' Choir and to sing together with them. The arrangement includes for example a workshop, a joint rehearsal and a private concert with the Boys' Choir.
Another tip: It is also possible for groups to visit the Vienna Boys' Choir (without singing) at their home, the Augarten Palace, and then to listen to one of their rehearsals.
Contacts with choirs and music educational establishments
- Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)
Leading educational establishment for music and acting of all genres.
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna
Tel. (+43 1) 711 55
- Chorverband Österreich (Austrian Choral Association)
This organization represents the Austrian choral scene, maintains international contacts and is involved in international choral initiatives.
- Chorforum Wien (Vienna Choir Forum)
The communication platform of all Viennese choirs is the contact partner for inquiries about choral music and is pleased to assist with the organization of choir visits and exchange trips.