General Terms and Conditions

isa – International Summer Academy
of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna



Instrumentalists & Master Class for Composers :
Arrival: 16 August 2023 (check-in)
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 17 August 2023, morning
Departure: 27 August 2023 (morning check-out)

Master Class for Voice:
Arrival: 17 August 2023
Welcome meeting & commencement of activities: 18 August 2023, morning
Departure: 27 August 2023 (morning check-out)

Abbreviated participation is permitted only in exceptional circumstances (to be confirmed after the registration deadline). In such cases, the full fee must still be paid.

Graduate and postgraduate students or highly advanced undergraduates with performing experience.

isa strives to fulfil requests for specific professors made in the application.
Exception: Ensembles participating in the Master Class for Chamber Music (Strings/Piano) will generally receive lessons from all participating professors.

Every participant will receive at least four 45-minute lessons.

Repertoire requests for the course can be changed until 15 June 2023. For more information, see


In addition to the master classes, participants can also take advantage of supplementary offerings  including workshops, lectures, and coaching sessions.
Such offerings are accessible only in combination with a master class (duration of the registered class) and are included in the course fee.

The isaFestival (around 30 concerts) is the presentation platform for all participants and an opportunity to perform in public.
Top-notch (professional) artistic quality is required.
Final decisions regarding who will be invited to perform are made by isa’s artistic director.

Instrumentalists (16–27 Aug. 2023) & Voice (17–27 Aug. 2023):
At the beginning of each course, the professors will nominate the candidates who will be permitted to participate in the competitions. It is possible to be nominated for more than one award category, but it must be with different pieces. Pieces must be prepared in full. The jury may decide which movement is to be played.

The award winners will have the opportunity to perform in the concerts that conclude their respective master classes or, alternatively, in the award winners’ concert.

“Just Composed!” (workshop):
The Award winners will be chosen at the final concert of isa’s composers.

The jury is free to confer or withhold awards as it sees fit. Ex-aequo and special mention awards are possible.

At the conclusion of their master classes, active participants will receive certificates confirming their participation in isaMasterClass.


Applications must be submitted online at between 15 February and 15 May 2023.

A high artistic level must be confirmed by
– a video demo (exception: composers may send audio recordings)

Two movements or pieces, one slow, one fast—consisting of:
One work of Viennese Classicism (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) or from its historical and stylistic context.
A second one of your own free choice (Master Class for Contemporary Music: the second must be a contemporary piece or movement).
(Upload video)

Two arias (one by Mozart and one of your own free choice)
– different in character
– by different composers
(Upload video)

2 works: recordings (.mp3 file or link) and scores (hard copy or .pdf file)

Application fee: € 100
Course fee: € 350

The course fee includes:
– lessons
– practice facilities
– participation in workshops, lectures, and competitions
– free admission to all concerts of the isaFestival
– selected transfers

Course fee for passive auditors:
For all courses: € 100

The course fee includes
– passive participation in lessons, workshops, and lectures.

Accommodation costs must be paid separately to the hotel.
Full board accommodation includes overnight stays and 3 meals daily.

The registration fee is to be paid by May 15, 2023 at the latest.
The course fee is to be paid after confirmation of participation by July 15, 2023 at the latest.

Direct online payment of all course fees will be possible. We’ll also be accepting bank transfers.

Name: Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Bank: UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Address: Schottengasse 11, 1010 Wien
IBAN: AT121200051428590201
Reason for payment: VA31SA23

All fees for international transfers must be borne by the participant.
The option “No charges for the recipient” must be selected.
The participant’s name must be noted.

If a participant withdraws from the course, the registration fee will not be reimbursed. If the withdrawal occurs after 15 July 2023, the course fee will be reimbursed only in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident, death in the family, etc).

Participants whose applications are accepted will be informed as soon as possible.

All fees will be reimbursed if the management of the isaMasterClasses is forced to cancel a master class.


The participant must organize and pay for his/her own arrival at the respective course location.
isaMasterClass offers a shuttle service, if needed, at each course location between train station and hotel upon arrival and departure, as well as for course activities (concerts, workshops, etc.) and by appointment. Our shuttle service is reserved exclusively for participants staying at the official isa accommodations.

Accommodations are normally booked by isa. Accommodation costs have to be paid to the hotel directly at the day of arrival.
Please inform isa’s management if you intend to make your own accommodation arrangements.


Should individual items of these general conditions be or become invalid, the validity of the other items of these general conditions shall not be affected. The invalid item will be replaced by a substitute provision that comes as close as possible to the intended item.

Participation in the Summer Academy occurs at the participant’s own risk. Participants are responsible for any damage that they may cause. The Summer Academy assumes no liability for compensation of damages, insofar as these are not due to intent or gross negligence, in particular if a master class or a course has to be cancelled.

The parent or legal guardian who concludes the contract for participation in the isaMasterClass on behalf of the underage participant declares his or her agreement with the fact that the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna will not assume any responsibility for supervising underage participants.
Every registration of an underage participant requires a signed declaration by the parent or legal guardian to this effect.
The parent or legal guardian shall be held liable for any damage caused by the underage participant.
The parent or legal guardian shall furthermore indemnify and hold harmless the mdw with regard to any and all claims to compensation for damages raised by the underage participant.

It is agreed that Austrian law shall apply for all conflicts resulting from or related to this business relationship, under exclusion of norms of international private law and of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
The place of jurisdiction for all conflicts resulting from or related to the business relationship shall be Vienna, Austria.

I agree to the General Conditions.

I acknowledge that photographs, video and audio recordings at isa23 as well as radio and television broadcasts of this material, are planned, and for all these I grant my consent.

The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna reserves all rights thereto, including to any photos and to both recording and playback in audio and video media.
Possible claims by third parties will not be acknowledged.


isa – International Summer Academy
of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna
+43 1 71155-5110