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The tension that exists between the collective and the individual is the topic of this issue’s Special section: What are the particular challenges, advantages, and experiences that accompany involvement in an ensemble, a group, a choir, or a film collective, and why do artists and researchers make the decision to collaborate? A photo series provides an impression of the joy and energy to be had from singing in the Children’s Choir of the mdw’s Vienna Choir School, and we shine an additional spotlight on how important music-making can be in young people’s development of self-awareness and self-confidence.

We also report on the recent celebration that publicly opened the Department of Early Music, which was founded on the basis of the Joseph Haydn Department’s early music subdivision in 2020 and is now both bundling and broadening the mdw’s decades-old specialisations in the field of historically informed performance.

This issue of mdw Magazine furthermore reveals why dress codes in the classical concert and opera business are being questioned in a research project of the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM), what soft skills are essential for editors in the cutting room, and how the Sound Theatre’s initial public events are now bringing this exceptional space at the Future Art Lab to audible life.

We wish you relaxing holidays and a great start into the new year!

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