Art Song Academy

Offering the opportunity to work closely with some of the world's leading teachers
Art Song Academy
What we are offering

Art Song Academy

The Art Song Academy of the Vienna Summer Music Festival is a musical and cultural immersion experience for young college and pre-professional singers, as well as collaborative pianists.

Participants will receive intensive individualized art song study, masterclasses, and seminars with subject matter experts, while walking in the footsteps of the great lieder composers in the environment that inspired their masterpieces.

Participants will explore, study, and perform in the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Weyer, Austria. During their time at VSMF, they will have first hand exposure to the Austrian culture, German language, and the arts scene of Vienna; the musical capital of the world. Singers will pair with their assigned collaborative pianists over the duration of the session to form and develop the kind of musical partnership that is key to successfully perform art song. In addition to private lessons, the voice/piano duos will receive private coachings to focus on musicality, diction, poetic interpretation, and performing skills. These skills will then be exercised in group masterclasses and seminars and then showcased in art song recitals in the three cities.

The Art Song Academy experience is a holistic approach to the education of art song musicians. This unique cultural and musical immersion and multi-faceted enrichment offered at Vienna Summer Music Festival is a keystone in the education of aspiring art song performers.

Intensive Training


Vocalists will participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, vocal coachings, master classes, acting for singers, dramatic coaching, song repertory, lyric diction, auditioning and professional development workshops, culminating in mainstage performance opportunities.

Movement for Singers

Singers will participate in continual movement sessions focusing on breath and body work. This course will explore yoga, meditation, pilates, and alignment, as these are practices to maintain the body as the vehicle for a healthy voice.

Private Voice Lessons

Vocalists will receive four applied voice lessons with a private voice instructor from the Opera Institute faculty. Applied lessons will be individualized to the vocalist’s experience and will focus primarily on vocal technique and repertoire.

Vocal Coaching

Vocalists will receive four coachings with a vocal coach from the Opera Institute faculty. Coachings will be individualized to the vocalist’s personal experience and will focus on repertoire, diction, musicianship, and interpretation.

Master Classes

Vocalists will participate in regular master classes with renowned artists. Vocalists will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with an aria from their repertoire. These master classes will be geared towards crafting an audition ready performance.

Acting for Singers

Vocalists will participate in weekly acting seminars. These acting seminars will be three hour intensive sessions based on a system of exploration, and covering material such as monologues, improvisation, fundamentals of performance, exploration of characterization and motivation, movement, aspects of tone, and vocal production and flexibility for speech.

Song Repertory

Vocalists will attend regular song repertory seminars focused on prolific German Romantic composers and taught by Art Song Academy Faculty.  This course will highlight the works of Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, as well additional composers of this era.

Professional Development Workshop

Vocalists will attend a professional development workshop titled “How to be an Opera-prenuer.” This workshop outlines the opera business as a whole, and discusses young artist programs, acquiring management, and developing publicity materials and web presence.


Performance Opportunities


The Vienna Summer Music Festival is producing a series of recitals to be sung by Art Song Academy vocalists. The recitals will take place in various performance venues throughout Vienna, Weyer and Salzburg. Repertoire will be assigned prior to the start of the Vienna Summer Music Festival.


Piano collaboration

A Day in the Life

Vienna Summer Music Festival-Art Song Academy


June 10th – Arrive in Vienna

June 11th – Orientation: Experience Vienna


Typical Daily Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 - Morning Lesson: Movement for Singers

10:00 - 12:00 - Morning Lesson: Rehearsals/Masterclasses/Seminars

12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - 5:00 pm - Afternoon Session: Private lessons/Coachings/Master classes /Master classes

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Dinner

6:30pm - 10:00pm - Night Session: Rehearsals 



July 1st

What Do I Need?

Application Requirements

We will be encouraging that all Opera/Art song institute apply through YAP tracker.

Applicants for the Art Song Academy are required to submit two examples of art song, one of which needs to be a German lied.


Applicants will provide their Name, Address, Phone number, Email Address, Date of Birth, Education, Current Applied Teacher, Previous Applied Teachers, Web Address, Resume, and Application Materials via the online form provided below.


All application materials including letter of interest, video, scholarly works, and resume and must be submitted via a single link to an approved file sharing site such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud. For questions regarding submitting via file sharing visit the application section of the FAQ page.


Resumes and links to video recordings should be submitting as PDF or Word Document files only, and should include the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and creation date of the materials.


All applicants should receive an initial response in 3-5 business days.


An application fee of $35 is required for submission.

Art Song Academy Pricing
  • 3750/M
  • Art Song Academy
    •       Core Curriculum Instruction
    •       Cultural Excursions
    •       Guest Seminars
    •       Access to Libraries
    •       Access to Museums
    •       Housing
    •       Weekend in Salzburg
    •       Local Transportation