FAQ’s

  • Course

    1. Where does isa take place?
    isa takes place in the wonderful Semmering-Reichenau/Rax region, located around 100 km south of Vienna.
    To participate virtually in isa, you don’t need to be in any particular place; all you need is a very good Internet connection. If you’d also like to have a one-on-one lesson, we recommend that you use an external microphone to improve sound quality.

    2. Can I attend isa for just one week?
    Requests to participate for less than the full course duration can only be approved in exceptional cases and after the registration period has ended. Even if your partial participation request is approved, you must still pay the full course fee.

    3. When do I find out whether I’ve been admitted to isa?
    Audition results will be announced by E-mail in June.

    4. What is a “hybrid isa”?
    It’s our goal to make it possible for everyone who fulfils isa’s artistic standards to participate. We do recommend that everyone who’s able to travel join us in person. But for those who are prevented from coming here by travel restrictions, financial constraints, quarantine, or other factors, we’re now also offering isa in an online format. This format aims to allow all virtual participants to share in the experiences on location and vice versa. We’re able to provide this option thanks to state-of-the-art technical infrastructure.

    5. Will there be a safety concept?

    Yes; we’ll be adhering to all legally mandated safety measures relevant to the ongoing pandemic during isa, as well.

  • Workshops

     1. Do I have to pay extra to participate in the workshops?
    Workshops are open only to master class participants and are included in the course fee.

    2. How many workshops may I attend?
    Participants decide for themselves how many workshops they will attend. You can get an idea of each workshop’s intensity and required time investment on our website.

  • Competitions

     1. When and how may I register for the competitions?
    The nomination of instrumentalists to participate in the competitions is done by their respective professors during the first week of the course. It is possible to be nominated for multiple competitions, but it must be with different works.

     2. Do I have to be able to play entire works?
    Each nominated work must be prepared in full. The jury can decide which movement is to be played.

    3. Am I also be eligible for competitions if I participate online?
    Yes, you can enter unedited audio recordings in the competitions. And there will also be some competitions to which all participants must submit their entries digitally—like for the Digital Creative Award.

  • Festival

     1. What is the isaFestival?
    The isaFestival is a presentation platform that offers participants the chance to play publicly in concerts. A high standard of artistic quality (suited to performing professionally in public) is required.

     2. In how many public concerts may I perform?
    The isaFestival is planned so that each participant gets at least one chance to perform in a concert.

     3. When will I learn which concert I’ll be able to play in?
    The programme of each concert is finalised one day in advance. Participants may register with appropriate works, but only after they have received approval from their professors. The artistic director is responsible for final selections and decisions on performances.

    4. What kind of an opportunity to present myself will I have if I participate online?
    We’ll be setting up a virtual stage so that you’ll be able to present yourself online. Please send us (in advance) one video of you as a person (in which you introduce yourself as an artist) and one video in which you perform the piece of music with which you’d like to present yourself. We’ll then prepare these videos and present them regularly at various isa venues during isa’s two weeks in August. Please also be sure to tell us all of the platforms (Facebook, the isa website, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) that you use to reach your audience. This will help us support your efforts to increase your numbers of friends, fans, followers, and subscribers.

  • Registration

     1. Do you only accept videos?
    We only accept video recordings. All demo videos can be uploaded directly from the login area.

     2. Why do I have to list my repertoire?
    We need everybody’s repertoire lists in order to plan the concert programmes. Furthermore, our accompanists need a certain amount of time to prepare in advance. For this reason, you may make changes only up to 15 June; this allows us to forward all of the relevant information in a timely manner.

     3. What does “concert pieces” mean?
    By this we mean pieces that you have largely finished preparing and could perform publicly as part of the isaFestival.

     4. Why do I have to send a CV?
    We need current CVs (1,400 max. (incl. spaces)) for all participants in order to compile the concert programme materials.

  • Fees

    1. By when do I have to pay the various fees?
    All fees (registration fee and course fee) are to be paid after confirmation of participation by August 1, 2021 at the latest.

    2. Are the workshops included?
    All supplemental offerings—such as the workshops—are already included in the course fee.

    3. Will I get my money back if I cancel?
    After 1 August 2021, the course fee can only be refunded in proven cases of force majeure. The registration fee is non-refundable.

    4. How can I pay for the course?
    We can only accept bank transfers.

  • Travel and Accommodation

    1. How do I get to the course location?
    There are trains from Vienna to all of the course locations (Payerbach-Reichenau; Semmering, and Mürzzuschlag). For current train timetables, connections, and tickets, see:https://www.oebb.at/en/. Please note that it’s quite often possible to get a direct connection from Vienna International Airport in Schwechat to our course locations.

    2. How do I get to my hotel?
    We organise shuttles on the arrival and departure days that run between the respective train stations and the hotels.
    Our shuttle service is reserved exclusively for participants staying at the official isa accommodations.

    3. I won’t be arriving at the indicated time. Can I still be picked up?
    Please send a brief E-mail toisa-music@mdw.ac.atif you’ll be arriving earlier than 9:00 am or later than 6:00 pm.

    4. Can I get a single room?
    In view of the current coronavirus situation, we’re making every effort to provide all participants with single-occupancy rooms. But if you’d voluntarily sleep in a room with multiple beds, please do say so—this will help us with organising.

    5. May I choose my own roommate?
    If you’d like to have a specific roommate, you’re welcome to send us an E-mail to this effect as soon as possible at isa-music@mdw.ac.at.

  • Scholarship

     1. Where can I find the scholarship application form?
    For course participants who are at an exceptional financial disadvantage, it is possible to apply for a partial scholarship (usually between € 100 and € 500).
    The scholarship application form is integrated into the registration form.

    2. What documents are required?
    In addition to the normal registration requirements and materials, a scholarship recommendation by a renowned professor and/or a recognised international musical personality must be provided as proof of one’s especially outstanding artistic qualities and financial disadvantage.

    3. When will I learn whether I’ve been granted a scholarship?
    Decisions will be announced in June via E-mail.

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