Dear friends of isa!

After 33 successful years in the Semmering-Rax Region, the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna’s summer campus is relocating to Vienna. Starting from summer 2025, the International Summer Academy, isa, will be held at the mdw’s main campus in Vienna’s third district. The upgraded Anton-von-Webern-Platz campus, enhanced in recent years, now provides state-of-the-art infrastructure for music, performing arts, and academic pursuits, fostering efficiency and environmental sustainability for isa.

Established in 1991 as a master class, isa has evolved into a globally unique university-level program combining an academy for elite young artists with an interdisciplinary academic conference. Led by mdw Vice Rector Johannes Meissl, isa annually hosts over 200 outstanding musicians from 40+ nations, offering master classes, workshops, lectures, isaFestival concerts, isaCommunity music mediation, and the isaScience academic conference.

The mdw Campus, with its modern facilities, supports isa’s diverse program, enhancing artistic, pedagogical, and technological synergies. Rector Ulrike Sych emphasizes the university’s commitment to sustainability, utilizing the campus during breaks in an environmentally, economically, and socially responsible manner.

Reflecting on 33 years in the Vienna Alps, Johannes Meissl expresses gratitude and the intention to maintain connections with the region. The move to Anton-von-Webern-Platz aligns with mdw’s strategic goal of providing broad access to top-tier performances and facilitates new participatory offerings in Vienna.

The relocation aims to enhance affordability and accessibility for isa students, improving international competitiveness. The 34th isa – International Summer Academy is scheduled for July 21 to August 3, 2025, at Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien.

We would be happy to inform you personally about the 34th edition of the International Summer Academy in summer 2025; please do sign up for our newsletter!

Sincerely yours,

Johannes Meissl