Instrumental Program

In-Depth Instruction and Ensemble Performance Opportunities
What we are offering

Instrumental Program

The Vienna Summer Music Festival Instrumental Program provides promising instrumentalists the opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s leading teachers, as well as offering performance opportunities in both large and small ensemble settings.


As a part of the Instrumental Program, instrumentalists will study privately with leading Viennese musicians, and will participate in chamber ensemble coachings led by distinguished members of the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony.  Instrumentalists will participate in the Vienna Summer Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Christian Schulz, and will perform in several chamber music concerts in Vienna’s beautifully historic central district.


The Instrumental Program currently offers instruction for instrumentalists studying violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, guitar, piano, and saxophone.

In-Depth Instruction


Private Lessons

Instrumentalists will receive private lessons on their primary instrument. Private instructors will consist of members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the Richard Wagner Conservatory, as well as leading professional soloists and chamber musicians.  

Master Classes

Select instrumentalists will participate in master classes with renowned artists. Master Classes will be conducted with visiting guest artists and are open to all festival participants to observe.

Chamber Music

Instrumentalists will be assigned a chamber music group which will rehearse in preparation for the culminating festival chamber music concert.


Instrumentalists will have the opportunity to perform with the Vienna Summer Music Orchestra, as well as perform in the Opera Institute’s performance of The Magic Flute or La Boheme.


Instrumentalists will receive chamber ensemble coachings led by notable festival guest artists. 


The Chamber Music Program will provide regular seminars that instrumentalists can attend on topics such as: music and human physiology, advanced topics in music theory, and historical musicology seminars. Instrumentalists will also have the opportunity to attend lectures by distinguished visiting artists who will lecture on their specialized areas of research.  

A Day in the Life

Instrumental Program Schedule


June 10th – Arrive in Vienna

June 11th  – Orientation: Experience Vienna


Typical Daily Schedule

9:00 – 12:00 – Orchestra rehearsal

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 5:00 – Afternoon Session: Private lessons/Coachings/Seminars/Master classes

5:00 – 6:30 – Dinner

6:30 – 10:00 – Night Session: Rehearsals or free time


Performance Schedule

Chamber Music Concerts will occur throughout the duration of the festival.  An orchestra concert will occur during the final week of the festival in one of Vienna's distinguished concert halls such as MusikVerein and the Weiner Konzerthaus.



July 1st  – Depart for US

What Do I Need?

Application Requirements

Instrumental applicants can apply for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba.


Applicants for the Instrumental Program are required to submit one solo recording (with or without accompaniment) of a concerto, sonata, or etude.  A second recording of the applicant performing in a chamber ensemble is recommended, though not required.  Should an applicant not have a solo recording, two chamber ensemble entries will suffice. Recordings should be no more than two years old.


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


All application materials 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 may be submitted as PDF or Word Document files only, and should include the applicant’s first and last name and program of interest.


Video auditions need to be submitted as YouTube links, and audio auditions should be submitted as MP3 files. File name should include the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the creation date of the recording. (Example: Emily Brown_Chamber Music Program_08/16.MP3)


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


An application fee of $35 is required for submission.



Scholarships are available, and will be awarded up to $1,500 to select applicants. For those applicants that are interested in applying for scholarship, a brief scholarship application essay of no more than 500 words answering the question, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”, a letter of recommendation, and a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcripts (if applicable), should be sent in addition to application materials.  The subject line should contain the applicant’s first and last name, program of interest, and the text “Scholarship Essay.”


Interested applicants will receive scholarship funds based upon their submitted audition materials and essay.


Scholarship Application Requirements:


1) 500 word Scholarship Essay answering, “What are your career goals, and how would a scholarship to the Vienna Summer Music Festival help you achieve those goals?”

2) A letter of scholarship recommendation (separate from general application letter of recommendation)

3) A copy of unofficial transcripts (If applicable)


All scholarship application materials should be emailed to


Letters of recommendation can be emailed by the recommender to

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  • Instrumental Program
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    •       Ensemble Coachings
    •       Master Classes
    •       Seminars
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