Immersion in vocal repertoire for pianists

The AIMS Collaborative Piano Program offers a unique opportunity for pianists to expand their knowledge of the vocal repertoire and their skills in vocal coaching. Pianists study with the head of the AIMS Piano Program as well as the AIMS faculty, which includes professional coaches, voice teachers, stage directors, singers and conductors working at the top of their craft. Pianists from all countries are welcome to audition for AIMS.

Pianists may choose from two tracks of study, but may participate in only one studio at a time:

Opera Studio

The Opera Studio program prepares the pianist to play and coach the standard opera repertoire. It covers score reading and analysis, teaching and performing recitative, cueing techniques, playing orchestral transcriptions for rehearsal, and various stylistic practices.

Lieder Studio

The Lieder Studio program concentrates on German Lieder and techniques of playing and coaching the art song. Pianists in both tracks enjoy many opportunities to observe voice and coaching sessions, as well as master classes with professional singers and coaches. The pianist also has performance opportunities through the many concerts offered each summer. Lieder pianists are eligible for the Outstanding Lieder Collaborative Pianist Award.

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The Cost

Tuition: $6,695 USD (due May 15)
Audition Fee: $45 (due at audition registration – no other money is due until after acceptance into the program)
Application Fee $250 (non-refundable, submitted with application)
Tuition Deposit $300 (due at time of acceptance, applied toward cost of tuition)
Included in your tuition:
  • A single dormitory room in Graz
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch Monday – Friday
  • Health insurance while in Austria
Not Included:
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • $50 Visa Processing Fee (This fee is only for participants whose citizenship requires a visa to enter Austria.)
  • Incidental expenses ($1000 to $1500 on average)
    • Evening meals and snacks & beverages
    • Streetcar/bus tickets and travel within Austria
    • German text book, photocopies of music
    • Incidental expenses like laundry

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The Curriculum

The following courses are offered in both tracks of study:

  • Private Lessons (twice weekly)
  • Coaching in Aria Repertoire (Opera Studio) and Lied Repertoire (Lieder Studio) (twice weekly)
  • Accompanying Class
  • Conversational German (Monday through Friday)
  • German, French, and Italian Diction
  • Poetry of German Lied
  • Audition Training Seminar
  • Master Classes

In addition, AIMS offers career counseling through its unique Audition Training Seminar and, for qualified participants, exposure to European agents and presenters who come to Graz in search of promising talent.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Scholarship awards are offered at time of acceptance.

Learn more in conversation with the AIMS representative at your audition or by contacting the AIMS office.

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