International Symposium: The Future of Higher Education in Music and Performing Arts

Institutional Perspectives – Global Challenges – Innovative Approaches

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On Wednesday, 7 June 2017, an international symposium on the future of higher education in music and performing arts is to take place at the mdw.

About the Symposium

Today, providers of tertiary education in the areas of music and performing arts face a myriad of new challenges. Within a complex matrix of concerns ranging from artistic excellence to pedagogical missions and responsibilities towards society, a number of questions arise:

How does an institution's self-conception change in light of an increasingly competitive global education market?

How does arts education respond to the increasing significance of creative and knowledge economies and the massive transformations occurring in the prospective occupational fields of their future graduates, as well as to the changes taking place in our societies due to global migration?

What measures can training institutions in the fields of music and performing arts develop in light of our era's cultural, political, social, and economic changes?

What strategies need to be developed in order to act in a flexible, future-oriented, and socially balanced manner?

And what does the artistic training of the future look like?



  • 9.00 am: Welcome
  • 9.30 am: Opening
    • Ulrike Sych, Rector, mdw
    • Gerda Müller, Vice Rector for Organizational Development, Gender & Diversity
    • Christian Meyer, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Art and Young Artist's Promotion, mdw
    • Mercy Otieno, Department of Drama, Max Reinhardt Seminar, mdw
  • 9.50 am: Positioning within the Global Context
    Chair: Barbara Boisits, Vice Rector for Research, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz

    • Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, Royal Academy of Music, London
    • Yu Feng, President, Central Conservatory of Music Peking
    • James Gandre, President, Manhattan School of Music, New York
    • Jari Perkiömäki, Rector, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • 10.30 am: Discussion
  • 11.00 am: Break
  • 11.30 am: Pedagogical Models and Societal Challenges
    Chair: Stefan Gies, Chief Executive, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC), Brussels

    • Martin Rennert, President, Berlin University of the Arts
    • Jun Sangjick, Rector, Seoul National University, College of Music
    • Andrea Vigh, President, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest
  • 12.00 pm: Discussion
  • 12.40 pm: Break
  • 1.30 pm: Careers and Fields of Work for Musicians/Artists
    Chair: Johannes Meissl, Senate Chairman, mdw

    • Jamal Rossi, Dean, Eastman School of Music, Rochester
    • Aleksandr Sokolov, Rector, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
    • Ulrike Sych, Rector, mdw
  • 2.00 pm: Discussion
  • 2.30 pm: Conclusions and Final Considerations
  • 3.00 pm: Closing


Please register at

Free admission!

The Future of higher Education in Music and performing Arts
7 June 2017, 9.30 am – 3.00 pm
mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Joseph Haydn Hall
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna