Master Classes for Wind Soloists & Wind Chamber Music

15-29 August 2021
in Payerbach

  • Teachers

  • Target Group, Course Structure, Repertoire and Course Language

    Graduate and postgraduate students or highly advanced undergraduates with performing experience

    Arrival: 15 August
    Departure: 29 August
    Welcome meeting & Commencement of activities: 16 August

    Lessons are taught by one professor or by a pre-determined combination of professors.
    Every participant will receive at least 6 lessons of 45 minutes each.

    The master class repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. Previous years have always seen special attention paid to Viennese Classicism, to works by Central and Eastern European Composers, and to the music of the Second Viennese School. isa also encourages all students to bring along repertoire that has to do with the current year’s motto or is linked to it in terms of music history.
    Learn about the background of your works, and use your power of imagination!


  • Workshops, Lectures, Coaching Sessions

    Alongside the two-week master classes given by well-known, leading artistic personalities, isa also offers participants additional learning opportunities in the form of workshops, lectures, and coaching sessions.
    All supplementary workshops and lectures are accessible only in combination with a master class and are included in the course fee.

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  • Awards

    As part of the concerts and auditions during the second week, prizes will be awarded for outstanding interpretations of certain works (Prize money € 1,000 – € 2,000 , master class-specific “Challenge” and isa-wide “Competition”).

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  • Concerts

    The isaFestival is the presentation platform for all isa participants, providing the opportunity to perform in public as part of its concerts.
    Exceptionally high artistic quality (soloist-level) is required.
    Selection and final decisions regarding invitations to perform are made by isa´s artistic director.

  • Application and Application Reuqirements

    A prerequisite for participation is having attained a high artistic level, to be certified.

    Following files are required:
    1. Two demo recordings (video)
    2 movements or pieces( one slow, one fast):
    One from the context of Viennese Classicism (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) or by a related composer
    One from a stylistic era of your choice.
    (Upload video links)

    2. Letter of recommendation
    A letter of recommendation from a renowned professor or a recognised personality of international musical life that addresses one’s artistic qualification for this master class is required.
    (Upload .doc or .pdf file)

    3. Photo
    (Upload .jpg. png. gif)

    Application deadline: June 15, 2021


  • Fees

    Application fee € 100
    Course tuition fee, soloists: € 500

    Course tuition fee, ensembles: € 400 (per person)

    Master class including practice opportunities
    Participation in workshops, lectures, and competitions
    Free admission to all concerts of the isaFestival

    All fees (registration fee and course fee) are to be paid after confirmation of participation by August 1, 2021 at the latest.

    From  August 1, 2021 the course fee can only be reimbursed in proven cases of force majeure (e.g. illness, accident, death in the family, etc.). In no case will the registration fee be refunded!

  • Travel and Accommodation

    Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements.
    We do offer a shuttle service at each course location that runs between the local train station and the hotel on the arrival and departure dates, as well as to concerts and by special arrangement.

    Hauptstraße 2
    2650 Payerbach

    Accommodation includes
    Full board (14 overnight stays and 3 meals daily)

    Accommodation costs (per person / night)
    Twin room €61,60

  • Scholarship

    Partial- SCHOLARSHIP

    Participants who are at a severe economic disadvantage may apply for a partial scholarship
    (typically € 100–500), for which some specific criterias have to be met.


    In addtition to the normal registration requirements and documents, it is necessary to provide one scholarship recommendation letter written by a renowned professor and/or internationally established musician confirming one’s particularly outstanding artistic quality and economic disadvantage.

    The application and required documentation for this scholarship must be sent as part of your general online application by 30 May 2021.


    isa decides whether or not to accept a nominated student based on her/his artistic qualifications.

    We would like to point out that the regular fees cover only a small percentage of the actual cost of your participation and thus represent a partial scholarship for all participants.

  • Contact person on site (as from the beginning of the course)

    Raphael Rey
    +43 660 960 37 19