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2023 Vienna Master Class Trip

By Global Musicians and Arts Association

Graduation Recital Will be Held in the United Nations Vienna Headquarter.

An unforgettable music journey to the capital of the music!

A precious experience with the best music masters in Europe!

Global Musicians and Arts Association (GMAA) is thrilled to announce our 2023 international summer music program - a 10-day master class trip to Vienna, Austria between July 15 to July 24, 2023. This intensive program will include 5 days of music master classes and 4 days of local sightseeing around Vienna. GMAA has collaborated tirelessly with local music institutes and has invited some of the best music masters in Austria for this program. In addition to the master classes, GMAA will also organize a graduation recital in the United Nations headquarter in Vienna. All participating students will receive customized certificates from Both GMAA and United Nations.

GMAA is also working with national Volunteering Organization-the Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States (AYLUS) to provide volunteering opportunities for all participating students during this trip. Selected AYLUS members will also receive discounts to their trip costs.

What can you gain from this trip?

  • Perform in the United Nations and receive certificates from UN.

  • Five days of intensive music education on theory and performance

  • Improve your performance skills and stage experience

  • Volunteering and leadership opportunities including local community services, event organization and teaching assistance.

  • Enrich your resume for college application with important experiences as summer internship and community service.

  • Three days of extensive guided sightseeing tour throughout Austria including Vienna, Salzburg, and Hallstatt.

  • Recommendation letters by the masters for selected students

Introduction to our Masters

Piano: Jochen Köhler

Jochen Köhler was born in Bremen, Germany. His teachers included Luciano Ortis, Aloys Kontarsky and Leonid Brumberg in Bremen, Cologne and Vienna. He was awarded honours for his final exams in piano performance in Germany (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln) and in Austria (Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität).

In the course of his training he took part in master classes given by such well-known pianists as Oleg Maisenberg, Pavel Gililov, Alexander Jenner and Claude Helffer. In addition to his musical education he studied German and European literature, philosophy and pedagogy at the University of Hagen.

Jochen Köhler has performed as a soloist, chamber music partner and Lied accompanist in many European countries and in Asia (Korea, Japan), and has appeared in important music festivals including Wien modern and Wiener Musiksommer. His numerous radio and TV recordings include the complete works for solo piano of Arnold Schoenberg and many compositions of Prokofiev, Webern, Schnittke, Zimmermann, Stockhausen as well as piano pieces of contemporary composers. In 1991 Köhler played Olivier Messiaens demanding cycle 'Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus' in Vienna's Musikverein. This performance was acclaimed by the Neue Musik Zeitung as an outstanding highlight of the 'Wien modern' festival.

At the age of 23 Jochen Köhler became a lecturer at the University of the Arts Bremen. From 1988 to 2003 he taught at the University of Musik and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2000 he was appointed Professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg. There he has been Chair of the Institute of Music from 2002 to 2004. Since 2010 he has a professorship at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.

Köhler gives numerous master classes in Europe and the Far East. Highly regarded as an expert for 20th century music and the Viennese School, he was invited to teach at the Arnold Schoenberg Center during the first Schoenberg Academy in Vienna 2009.

With his students Jochen Köhler regularly organizes extraordinary musical projects. Members of his piano classes performed in series of special recitals such as the entire Well Tempered Clavier, the Preludes and Fugues op. 87 of Shostakovich, the complete sonatas of Prokofiev and nearly all the major works of the impressionist masters.

In addition to his tasks as a pianist and pedagogue, Köhler's main research interests are theory and the history of musical performance. Köhler's piano repertoire consists of music from the baroque era to compositions of our time.

Voice: Lina Ferencz

Lina Ferencz currently lives in Aix-en-Provence and is a member of Le CALMES, "Collectif des Artistes Lyrique et Musiciens pour la Solidarité". She also gives singing lessons at the association "La boite a Mus'".

Lina Ferencz began her acting career at the Hevesi Sandor Theatre in Hungary. There she discovered her operatic voice and her passion for singing. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she received her master diploma with distinction.

On the opera stage she appeared in 2010 -2017 as Glasa and Feklusa in Leos JANACEK's "Katja Kabanova" at the Wiesbaden Opera House. In the following season she sang the role of the Voice from Above in Richard Strauss' "Die Frau ohne Schatten" conducted by Vassilis Christopoulos and Christopoulos and Eckerhard Stier and as cover the role of Flosshilde in Das Rheingold by R. WAGNER conducted by Alexander Joel. For a project of the Baroque Orchestra of the Salzburg Hofmusik she was engaged in the role of Aglaia, the poet in the world premiere of Johann Michael HAYDN's "Die Wahrheit Der Natur", played on the harpsichord by Wolfgang Brunner and conducted by Graziano Mandozzi, in Salzburg. The recording was released on CD by CPO in 2018.

In 2017 she received the scholarship of the Richard Wagner Association International, Bayreuth. In 2019 she sang in Mozart's Coronation Mass KV 317 at Salzburg Cathedral conducted by Gabor Hollerung.

In 2020 she performed the world premiere of four works by Jonathan Östlund with the Orchestra da Camera del Locarnese in Ascona, Switzerland, during the New Year's Concert. The studio recordings are released on a double CD album, IMAGO. She has also collaborated on film projects, including "Chopin at the Opera", a documentary directed by Jan Schmidt-Garré, and the film installation "Sample Cities" by Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke, which was screened at numerous international film festivals from India to Brazil and won the "Best Experimental" award at the Arquitecturas Film Festival in Lisbon, Portugal , 1-6 Jun 2021.

For the last 12 years she has taken private singing lessons with Josef Protschka and later with Barbara Schlick in Germany. She studied intensively and received coaching from Nadine Secunde, Germany, Béla Perencz, Budapest, Prof. Mario Diaz Mozarteum, Sir Willard White, Salzburg, Gerlinde Jelinek, Vienna. 2021 She has started a course "Art Lyrique" and coaching with the German mezzo-soprano Mareike Schellenberger at the "Conservatoire Darius Milhaud" Aix en Provence.

At the beginning of her career she sang the roles of La Ciesca in "Gianni Schicchi", G. PUCCINI, La Scaffetta in "Il caffe di Campagna" B. GALUPPI, Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni", the 2nd and also the 3rd Lady in "The Magic Flute" in the Czech Republic, and as Cover Tatjana in P.I. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Theatre for Lower Saxony, in Hildesheim. She has worked with conductors and directors such as Michel Durand Mabire, Pal Nemeth, Peter Oberfrank, Zsolt Hamar, Vassilis Christopolus, Eckehard Stier, Graziano Mandozzi, AndrasKürthy, Uwe Laufenberg and Matthew Wild together and sang concerts in Europe and the United States.

Lina was born in Nyíregyháza, Hungary. She comes from a Russian-Romanian-Hungarian theatrical family; at the age of four she began violin lessons, and by the age of eight she was already performing in various theatre groups. Immediately after finishing school, she was accepted into the acting school of the "Hevesi Sándor" theatre in Zalaegerszeg. She made her acting debut in a drama about Hector Berlioz by Miklós HUBAY, in which she played Loulou, Berlioz's granddaughter. With the role of Mariska néni, the alcoholic neighbour of SCHWAJDA György "A Szent család", she successfully completed her studies and immediately afterwards received her first permanent engagement.

(And more masters for other Instruments ----)

Itinerary and Schedule (July15th - July 24th, 2023)

Day 1

Arrive at Vienna. Group introduction meeting in the Hotel

Whole Day

Day 2

10:00-11:30、1:00-14:30 Master Classes

15:00-17:00 Homework and self-practice


Day 3

10:00-11:30、1:00-14:30 Master Classes

15:00-17:00 Homework and Self-practice


Day 4

10:00-11:30、1:00-14:30 Master Classes

15:00-17:00 Homework and Self-practice


Day 5

10:00-11:00 Stage Training and Performance

Afternoon Graduation Recital and Ceremony in United Nations Vienna.

Whole Day

Day 6

10:00-11:30、1:00-14:30 Master Classes

Master Class Summary

Whole Day

Day 7

Sightseeing Tour in Vienna

After breakfast, visit the most beautiful palace in Vienna, the "Schönbrunn Palace" where Princess Sissi once lived. Walk around exquisite corridors and banquet halls, stop by eye-catching glory arcades, statues and fountains that run through the palace.

In the afternoon, visit the most beautiful ring road in Europe and historical retro-style buildings on both sides, including "City Hall", "National Opera House", "Wiener Musikverein" and many others.

Ending the day by relaxing and shopping on Vienna Pedestrian Street, known as the top 10 pedestrian streets in Europe.

Whole Day

Day 8

Sightseeing Tour in Salzburg

After breakfast, proceed to Mozart's birthplace of Salzburg, follow the traces of the film "The Sound of Music" that fascinated countless people many years ago. Visit "Mirabellgarten", "Mozart's Birthplace" , "Herbert von Karajan - Statue " and many other historical attractions.

Whole Day

Day 9

Leaving Salzburg to Hallstatt

Visit one of the most beautiful lake towns of the world: Hallstatt

Whole Day

Day 10

Free activities and prepare to go home

Whole Day

Cost and Fee

Total cost of the trip: $4,299 for one student and one parent. The packaged cost includes the following items:

  • 9 Nights of 4-star Hotel rooms: standard room with double capacity

  • Continental Breakfast included during hotel stay

  • Tuition for five days of master classes

  • Rental fee for classrooms and practice rooms

  • United Nations rental cost for graduation ceremony

  • Piano accompaniment (If required)

  • Airport transportation from and to the hotel

  • 6 meals (3 Chinese and 3 Western) included during day 7- 9 for one student and one parent.

  • All transportation costs during day 7- 9

  • Tour guide fee

The following are excluded from the packaged cost and shall be paid separately by each family:

  • Air fare

  • Meals and transportation during 5-day master class period

  • Tickets to local attractions

  • Additional hotel rooms if more than one parent is joining the trip.

  • Additional meal cost during day 7- 9 if more than one parent is joining the trip.

Application and Eligibility

The 2023 master class trip is open to all instrumentalist and vocalists that are between 9-18 years old. Participating student must have minimum 3 years of practice on his/her instrument. Applicant shall submit a YouTube video of his/her most recent performance to GMAA along with the application.

At least one parent or guardian shall accompany the applicant to Vienna.

Applicant can submit the application form online on GMAA’s website:

1st payment of $1,000 is due when the online application is approved. The balance of the payment shall be submitted no later than 03/01/2023. The 1st payment must be received to secure your spot in the trip.

Payment can be made to Global Musicians & Arts Association by Zelle or check:

AYLUS members and Apex Competition Winners can receive a $200 discount. This discount will expire 12-31-22 so please send your applications on time if you are qualified.

Refund Policy:

Cancellation shall be submitted to GMAA by email. In the email please clearly include the applicant’s name and the reason for the cancellation.

  • Cancellations made before 01/15/2023 will receive the full refund.

  • Cancellations made between 01/15/2023 and 04/15/2023 will receive the half refund.

  • Cancellation after 04/15/2023 will not receive any refund.

City of Vienna

United Nations in Vienna

Classroom for Master Class


Phone908-451-5452 or 201-349-7912



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