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Austrian music institutions in new partnership

St Gilgen International School and Mozarteum University Salzburg are combining to offer an International Baccalaureate

Posted by Julian Owen | October 01, 2017 | International

A partnership was recently agreed between St Gilgen International School and the Mozarteum University Salzburg. The Mozarteum Programme that will start in Autumn 2017 is targeted towards especially talented students who would like to obtain the internationally recognised IB (International Baccalaureate) as well as a professional education in music.

St Gilgen International School’s Mozarteum Programme was developed for students starting from grade five, up to grade 12. It combines the musical education of the Pre-College Programme of the Mozarteum University Salzburg with the international academic education St Gilgen International School. It is claimed students will “profit from the exceptional academic content, the extensive extra-curricular activities on offer, as well as the modern boarding infrastructure in the midst of the beautiful and secure surroundings of St Gilgen on the shores of Lake Wolfgang”. Additionally, the students receive a music education at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, complemented by professional vocal and instrumental training support at the school.

The artistic programme, led by piano professor Georg Steinschaden, offers extensive instrumental and music theory training for about 20 musical instruments, as well as vocal training at the highest level. The students will have individual weekly 90-minute lessons with Mozarteum University Salzburg professors and teachers. Additionally they will receive education in the theory of music, and the study plan leaves enough time for individual practice and support through music teachers at the school. The students will have numerous opportunities to perform at public concerts.

We see the partnership as a natural fit, supporting young musicians on their path of excellence as well as providing a well-rounded education.

The language of instruction at St Gilgen International School is English, with German as an additional foreign language, while the Mozarteum University Salzburg Pre-College Programme is taught in German. Students are therefore required to acquire age-dependent language skills corresponding to the A1 to A2 level before starting the programme. Applicants for the programme will have to prove their musical talent in addition to passing the admissions process at St Gilgen International School by taking an admission test at the Mozarteum University Salzburg Pre-College.

University Professor Georg Steinschaden, Director of the Pre-College Salzburg and Gert Fahrnberger, Chairman of the Board of the St Gilgen International School Foundation, each expressed their delight about the new cooperation in a joint statement: “The Mozarteum University Salzburg and St Gilgen International School both stand for a relentless pursuit of excellence embedded in the region of Salzburg, which is internationally renowned for its musical heritage and still today is one of the global epicentres of music festivals and education. St Gilgen is the birthplace of Mozart’s mother Anna Maria and home to St Gilgen International School, so we see the partnership as a natural fit, supporting young musicians on their path of excellence as well as providing a well-rounded education.”

You can find more information about the Pre-College Salzburg programme of the Mozarteum University Salzburg here: | 

In the above pic, from left to right, we find: Georg Steinschaden (Leader of Pre-College, 
University Mozarteum Salzburg), Sarah Wedl-Wilson (Deputy-Chancellor for External Relations, 
University Mozarteum Salzburg), Gert Fahrnberger (Chairman of the board, St Gilgen International 
School) and Christian Dreyer (Member of the board, St Gilgen International School).


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