Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of about 1.8 million inhabitants that has, since its founding in the 3rd century, served as a bridge between a myriad of cultures. As an important crossroads between North and South, East and West, the city became a natural melting pot for new ideas. Out of this cultural richness has emerged a wealth of artistic accomplishments and innovative thinking—a heritage that we explore in our summer programs.
Vienna has been home to many of history's greatest composers, from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg. To this day, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper continue to help make Vienna a true "city of music."
Study Music History and Performance in Vienna, a city recognized around the world for its influence on the development of classical music.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. Specially designed for Music students, the Vienna Summer Music Program allows you to explore Music History and Music Performance in a city internationally recognized for its historical role in the development of classical music.
You enroll in two to four courses in Music History, Performance Studies, and/or German language for a total of 6-10 credits (an extra fee applies for students taking more than 6 credits).
Each summer the Music History component focuses on a different topic and period rooted in the rich musical tradition of the city. These topics rotate on a four-year basis so that you can return year after year and continue to expand your horizons.
The Music Performance Workshop (MS390) allows you to expand your repertoire and performance skills as you immerse yourself in the cultural surroundings and performance traditions of Vienna. You must audition to participate.
In addition to group sessions and lectures, the performance studies component includes individual technical training (up to six hours of private instruction is included in the program fee) and participation in master classes. The concluding event of the summer is a public concert held in the Baroque performance hall at the IES Abroad Center.
You can also take MS391 Individual Performance Studies for one credit hour.
German Language Study
The program allows you to study the German language at the beginning and intermediate levels. Part of the German language curriculum covers topics related to music and musical terms. German language is required for students with less than one year of college-level German study.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad Vienna organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society.
You also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures by professional musicians.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Vienna, it will feel like home.
You live in an apartment that typically accommodates four to five students. Apartments have Internet access and fully equipped kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee.
Part of making you feel at home in Vienna is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
After arrival in Vienna, you participate in an orientation program which introduces them to the city of Vienna, the IES Abroad program, and student life in the city. During the first few days, you settle into your housing, take care of formalities, receive briefings on safety and security, and tour Vienna and the surrounding area.
A weekend field trip, a day trip outside the city, and other excursions throughout Vienna bring you to sites that figure prominently in the lives and works of the composers being featured each summer. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend guest lectures by professional musicians.
Destinations are selected based on the featured topic or period of the summer, and have included:
Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 18th century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.
Dr. Morten SolvikIES Abroad Vienna Center Director
An international scholar, Dr. Solvik holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music and Intellectual History from Cornell University. Born in Norway, he speaks Norwegian, German, and English fluently, and uses French as a research language.
Dr. Solvik was instrumental in setting up the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, which he has coordinated since 1999, and has also designed and taught numerous courses in Music History. In addition to his work with IES Abroad Vienna, Dr. Solvik has served as lecturer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (The University for Music and Performing Arts). His teaching and administrative experience is augmented by his active and productive scholarly career as an expert on Gustav Mahler.
IES Abroad Vienna Staff
Kendall Burgess, M.A.Academic Registrar / Assistant to the Center Director
Kaja CiupinskaInstitutional Relations and Events Coordinator
Helmut SummesbergerManager of Student Affairs and Facilities
Meral KölblingerStudent Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs
Mathias SchmerbachAccounting and Finance Manager
Tobias SigmundStudent Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs
Dieter StroblFacilities Coordinator / Library Services
IES Abroad Vienna Faculty
Gabriele AmonStudio Art
Mag. Art, University for Applied Arts in Vienna; Univ.-Lekt. University of Applied Arts, Institute for Art and Technology – dept. of Textile
Ulrike AntonMusic History
1er Prix - Degré Superieur (Conservatoire Hector Berlioz, Paris) ; Professional Performance Diploma (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester); Master of Music (University of Manchester); PhD in musicology (University of Vienna/University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna); International concert flutist
Robert BarefieldIntensive Music Performance ProgramHartt School of Music
Roswitha BeneschArt History
Doctor philosophiae, Lektorin Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Evelyn BeneschArt HistoryPhD University of Vienna, Deputy Director of Bank Austria Kunstforum
Joelle BouffaMusic Performance
Dilpoma in solo piano, chamber music, and vocal accompaniment at the Convervatoire royal de Liege; Coach for the Institute for Voice and Musical Theater at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna
Deirdre BrennerMusic Performance
BA, Dartmouth College (USA); MMus, Royal Academy of Music (London, UK); Master's in Lied and Oratorio, Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversitaet (Vienna, Austria)
Bianca CalinescuMusic Performance
Diploma in Piano Performance, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Ana DimovaDiploma in piano at the State Music Academy Pantcho Vladigerov (Bulgaria), collaborative pianist in the String, Woodwind, and Percussion Departments of the Vienna Conservatory (Privatuniversität Wien)
Peter FischerInternational Law
Dr.juris Vienna University Dr.juris honoris causa Bratislava University Professor emeritus Vienna University Professor Bratislava School of Law
Tibor FrankHistory, Cultural History
MA, DrUniv, PhD, DLitt
Corr. Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of History
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Michele FriedmanMusic Performance
B.M., M.M., California State University; Lehrauftragte - Universität Mozarteum Salzburg; Lehrauftragte - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst ; Lehrende – Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Dietmar FrieseneggerMusic HistoryMA; PhD Candidate, Cornell University
Peter GerlichPolitical Science
Doctor rerum politicarum, Master of Arts, Ordentlicher Professor, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien
Barbara GorzynskaMusic Performance
M.A. in Music Performance (violin), Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland; Adjunct, Academy of Music in Lodz; Visiting Professor, University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz
Gerold GruberMusic Theory
PhD Musicology, University of Vienna; Univ. Doz., a.o. Univ. Prof. Musicology at the Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Carolyn HagueMusic Performance
BM, Stetson University; MM, University of Louisville; DMA, University of Maryland at College Park; Lehrende - Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Günter HaikaLiterature, Culture and Gender Studies
Mag. phil., Professor University of Vienna; Wake Forest University Vienna Program
Doctor rerum oeconomia, Dozent, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Karl-Franzens Universität Graz und Universität Innsbruck
Antonia HanreichHistory, Cultural History
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna
Freiberufliche Vortragende der
Doerte KuhlmannArt History, ArchitecturePh.D.,Bauhaus University in Weimar; professor of Architecture Theory, Gender Studies and design, Institute of Architectural Sciences,Vienna University of Technology
Ph.D., Doctor de Letteren (Leuven, 1996); professzor, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest, Hungary
Erik LeidalMusic History
B.M. in Music History, B.A. in English Literature, Rice University; M.A. in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; independent international performer
William McElheneyMusic PerformanceIndiana University (Bloomington); diploma in Trombone Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Vienna Philharmonic
Graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Music and Political Science and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna in Contemporary History, Editor in Chief of the English-language monthly, The Vienna Review
Mag., Universität Wien
Wolfgang MoelzerBusiness, Management
PhD, University of Economics and Business Administration; Managing Partner of BKB Management
John MoraitisMusic History
Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA in Musicology, University of Georgia
Ph.D. in Literatures in English at Rutgers UniversityLecturer at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at Eötvös Loránd University
Beatrice OttersböckArt History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Freiberufliche Vortragende der Kunstgeschichte
Roman PfefferlePolitical Science
PhD, University of Vienna; post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Government at the University of Vienna
PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Sprachtrainerin
Michael PinkertonIntensive Music Performance ProgramKonservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
MSc, MA, University of Vienna; Lecturer for German Language,University of York, Psychologist, Vienna grammar school teacher
Wolfgang ProhaskaArt History
Ph.D. University of Vienna; Curator of Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish Baroque Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna; Position at the University of Fine Arts in the University of Vienna
Gabriele ProyMusic Composition
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts
Lisa ReganArt HistoryPhD UC Berkeley, Instructor at UC Berkely and Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz
Rosa ReitsamerSociologyPhD University of Applied Arts – Vienna, Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Music Sociology at the University of Performing Arts - Vienna
Tamás RétiEconomicsKözgazdasági és Piackutató Intézet (Kopint-Datorg), Budapest, Hungary
Heidi RoesslerStudent Teaching Internship Coordinator
Magistra philosophiae, University of Vienna
Lehrerin, Bundesgymnasium Wien XIX
Anna RonaiMusic Performance
MA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Russell RyanMusic PerformanceDMA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Professor of Collaborative Piano, Arizona State University
Margarete SchachermeierGerman, Cultural HistoryAkademisches Übersetzerdiplom, University of ViennaSprachtrainerin
Nadja SchmidtPolitical Science, Interdisciplinary European Studies
Mag., University of Vienna, Mag. College of Europe in Natolin/Poland; Phd student and lecturer, Political Science, University of Vienna
Miyuki SchuesslerMusic Performance
Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo); diploma in Piano Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Lehrende – Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Martin SchwarzBusiness Internship Coordinator
Master of Art, University of Southern California-Los Angeles; Direktor
Martin Schwarz G.m.b.H.
Mag., University of Vienna; Sprachtrainerin
Dip, University of Vienna
Morten SolvikMusic History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania,
Lektor, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
IES Abroad Vienna Center Director
Agnes StillfriedArt History
MA, art history, University of Vienna
Doctor philsophiae, Ausserordentlicher Professort, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Wien
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna
PhD in German philology from the University of Vienna
Magister Philosophiae and Ph.D. in History, Universität Wien
Magister Phil, University of Vienna
Reinhold StipsitsPsychologyDoctor philsophiae, Ausserordentlicher Professort, Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft, Universität Wien
Natalia WächterSociology, Anthropology, Political Science
Dr. phil., Mag. rer.soc.oec, University of Vienna; senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna
MSc, University of Vienna Lecturer, University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna