Musicology Colloquium

Exceptional Education and Unique Historical Opportunities
What we are offering

Musicology Colloquium

The Musicology Colloquium program offers music students a unique educational experience that combines classroom study with hands-on historical experiences in Vienna.


The Musicology Colloquium centers around the most pertinent structural, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of the Viennese music, and is a combination of musicological inquiry, lectures, and excursions, granting the student the chance to experience the pivotal role of the city of Vienna in the evolution of the Western Art Music. This program is designed for all music students interested in delving into the vibrant intellectual and artistic life in the alluring city of Vienna, often called “the musical capital of the world.”

Exceptional Education


The Historical and Cultural Evolution of Music in Vienna, 1730 – Present


Focused on musicological research, the Musicology Colloquium entails three daily courses, and numerous historical excursions. Musicology students will develop a thorough and critical insight into the artistic facets of the city of Vienna, and its intellectual and historical context. On their path toward becoming major music scholars, students of the Musicology Collolquium will develop the ability to communicate their knowledge of the invaluable historical rank of Vienna as a center of music.

The Music of Habsburg Vienna

This course will explore the rich musical history of the capitol of the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. As a cosmopolitan city of tremendous political and artistic prestige, Vienna was the home to a vibrant domestic and concert musical life. Students will work with primary and secondary sources, as well as participate in several site visits, to uncover the musical heritage of Imperial Vienna.

Die Zauberflöte and Mozart’s Vienna

By the end of his life, Mozart was one of Vienna’s most beloved, if beleaguered composers. His Magic Flute charmed the city, and even the composer was delighted with its success. In this course students will investigate Vienna during Mozart’s final years. We will recreate the culture of the opening night of Die Zauberflöte and place this monumental work in its time and place.

Second Viennese School and Wozzeck

Alban Berg’s Wozzeck was one of the most important operas of the twentieth century. Written in Vienna between 1914 and 1922, it was one of the first avant-garde operas, and is one of the most famous examples of atonality. Students will explore the musical culture of the Second Viennese School, as well as the immediate reception to an opera that shocked the world.

A Day in the Life

Vienna Summer Music Festival Schedule


June 10th  – Arrive in Vienna

June 11th  – Orientation: Experience Vienna


A Day in the Life

Each day, participants of the Musicology Colloquium will attend lectures and visit historical locations. Students will also be given readings in advanced to prepare for discussions.



The Musicology Colloquium is differentiated by the other programs of the Vienna Summer Music Festival in that they will be visiting historical locations regularly in Vienna and its surrounding cities including Prague, Budapest, Salzburg and more.



June 30th  – Depart for US

What Do I Need?

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Musicology Colloquium are required submit a letter of interest, and one example of a research paper or scholarly work pertaining to music study.


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, research papers, 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, research papers, or scholarly works may be submitted 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. (Example: Emily Brown_Musicology Colloquium_08/16.PDF)


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

  • 3500/M
  • Musicology Colloquium
    •       Core Curriculum Instruction
    •       Cultural Excursions
    •       Guest Seminars
    •       Access to Libraries
    •       Access to Museums
    •       Housing
    •       Weekend in Salzburg
    •       Local Transportation