Study Music in Vienna
Webster's international campus network includes Vienna, where music students join classmates from dozens of other countries for a truly global education. Our programs of study are set up so that all music students are able to study for a term in Vienna, usually during spring of the junior year.
While in Vienna, music majors take a course detailing musical life in Vienna, take private applied lessons, and fulfill one of the course requirements for the Global Citizenship Program. You will be able to travel on long weekends, attend dozens of performances, and soak up life in the musical capital of Europe!
In Vienna, you'll study with English-speaking professionals, many of whom play in Vienna's professional orchestras, teach children of diplomats, serve on the faculty of the top music schools, or enjoy an international career. You'll often take your lesson in the professor's apartment or home.
Webster University in Vienna
Webster's campus in Vienna, Austria has been open since the 1980s. When we introduced the music program, we thought that Wien (pronounced veen by Austrians) was a natural place for study because of its history as a center of European culture. Many important composers lived in Vienna at one time (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Liszt, and of course, the Strauss boys, to name but a few).
Vienna remains not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but also a center for diplomacy, finance, and the arts. You will experience The Vienna Musical Experience as a course that requires dozens of live performance visits. You will also take a general education course, and applied lessons on your primary instrument, all in an eight-week term in the junior year.
Your link to Vienna
Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Chair of the Department of Music, is the Vienna Coordinator. He takes the lead in providing accurate and up-to-date information and communicating with Vienna faculty and staff to offer classes that will constitute music degree requirements. In addition, Dr. Carter serves as a troubleshooter for students before, during, and after their time in Vienna.
Reasons to Study in Vienna
Why study in Vienna? Well, first, because you'll be in Vienna—the seat of the Hapsburg Empire that dominated continental Europe for the better part of two hundred years. You can visit the Hofburg, the 2400-room palace located in downtown Vienna. Or take the U-Bahn (subway) out to Schönbrunn—the tiny little summer palace with only 1400 rooms. When he was six, Mozart played for the royal family here.
Vienna is a modern center for the fine arts with magnificent museums and galleries, the Stadtsoper and Volksoper, jazz clubs and theatre, as well as a terrific public transportation system.
Many Viennese find no reason to own a car (and pay $8.00 a gallon for gas) because you can hop on the U-Bahn, change to a waiting tram, and wind up a block or two from where you wanted to go. Tickets for public transportation can be purchased by the trip, the week, or the month.
Mountains are nearby, and the Alps just a few hours to the west by train. Vienna boasts easy train access to numerous other European countries. Capitals such as Prague and Budapest are only three hours away, and Bratislava in Slovakia is but an hour's ride on a train.
Another reason to study in Vienna is for credentials. Whether you are auditioning for an orchestra, applying for graduate school, or interviewing for a job at Boeing, a term or a semester in Europe tells a prospective employer that you can adapt, persevere, and succeed in unfamiliar and occasionally stressful surroundings.
One of Webster’s great deals is the ability to study in Vienna (or elsewhere) with Webster paying your airfare, and you paying the same tuition in Vienna as you do here in Saint Louis!
We had seven students in Vienna in Spring 2016. One of them said recently “I went knowing it was going to change my life, but not knowing how. Now I want to go back. Study in Vienna made me an adventurer . . . and I’ve never felt like such an adult.”
Connect to Vienna
- A helpful brochure from the Department of Music
- Campus website: http://www.webster.ac.at/
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- Vienna article on Wikipedia
" Webster is a rarity among schools. So few schools have the academic strength, performance opportunities, and the heart that I found at my time at Webster. I gained a family while getting some of the best training here."
- Liz Bivens, BM Vocal Performance '11
"My four years at Webster can be summarized by the incredible amount of guidance and support that I received from the Department of Music faculty. I never felt lost in a class or concerned about my future because there were so many wonderful people encouraging me."
- Hannah Ingram, BA '11
"Vienna was key in understanding many artistic viewpoints. Whether it be Vienna or anywhere else in Europe, the study-abroad experience will stick with you."
- Tony Morales, orchestra concertmaster and cross-country athlete, BM Instrumental Performance '13
"Going to Vienna was the best decision I have ever made. It changed my life. I discovered so much about myself, and realized that music is not just my passion, but a necessity."
- Emma Sorenson, BM Vocal Performance '13
"My time at Webster University was spent building a strong foundation on which my career has been built. The extraordinary faculty possesses the knowledge, skills, and wisdom necessary to inspire young artists and provide them with opportunities for growth. Through their guidance, I not only fortified my musical skills, but was encouraged to think creatively, take risks, and strive for the best possible outcome with every endeavor."
- Jennifer Johnson Cano, BM Vocal Performance '06, Metropolitan Opera artist
"My education at Webster University has gone above and beyond my expectations. Before transferring to Webster, I was part of music departments at two different universities. The professors, courses, and ensemble opportunities offered at Webster have helped make me a better musician than I believe I would have been with my prior education. The one-on-one input I've experienced with the professors in the Jazz Studies area has prepared me to not only continue my music career with the goals I set prior to graduating, but has has forced me to make higher goals, exceeding my own personal expectations."
- Kiersten Rose, singer/songwriter, BM Jazz Studies/Music Technology '13
"The unique relationship I formed with my professors at Webster is something that I will never forget. They pushed me, encouraged me, and helped me to become the artist I am today. I am so glad I made the decision to go to Webster University."
- Lola Hennicke, BA '13
"I wouldn't have lasted at a larger school. The relationships and bonds I formed at Webster helped me be successful."
- Tim Walther, BM '14
"The faculty are personable -- they are there for my good and well-being. And each faculty member has their own flavor they add to the program."
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