July 19-30, 2021

Vienna, Austria

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ICEBERG Institute 2021


An intensive, 2-week course of workshops, master classes, concerts and presentations for up to 16 young and emerging composers. Located in the heart of Vienna, one of the most iconic musical cities in the world, this is a singular opportunity for participants to make connections and hone their craft. They will receive daily input and feedback from composition faculty and distinguished guest faculty, and have  their music performed and recorded by a prestigious, internationally-recognized ensemble. 


Stephanie Ann Boyd

Her work has been performed across the US and commissioned by musicians and organizations in 37 countries. Boyd’s five ballets include works choreographed by New York City Ballet principal dancers Lauren Lovette, Ashley Bouder and soloist Peter Walker.

Alex Burtzos

Founder and artistic director of ICEBERG New Music and Chair of Composition Studies at the University of Central Florida.

Recent collaborations with performers and ensembles include JACK Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Contemporaneous, ETHEL, loadbang, and many more.

Victor Baez

A Fulbright Scholar, his collaborations include the Webern Symphony Orchestra, Yarn/Wire, Makrokosmos, Jenny Lin, and many others. His film music has visited film festivals in San Sebastián, Dubai, Mexico, and more. Visiting faculty for the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah.

Harry Stafylakis

"Dreamy yet rhythmic" (NY Times) and “ferociously expressive” (Times Colonist), Stafylakis is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Composer-In-Residence. His works have been performed by orchestras across Canada and abroad. He lectures at the City College of New York.

Distinguished Guest Faculty

Oscar Bianchi's music has been performed by outstanding orchestras and soloists worldwide, including Symphonie-orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, DSO, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, London Sinfonietta, Ictus, Asko-Schoenberg, JACK, Diotima, Arditti, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Remix, Nieuw Ensemble, l’Itineraire, Contrechamps, ICE, Alarm Will Sound, KNM Berlin, Phoenix, Collegium Novum Zürich.

Upcoming projects include new works for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Diotima, Accroche Note and Ensemble Modern.

Ensemble in Residence

Founded in 2013, Trio Immersio won the Suzuki-Enami Foundation prize at the 2013 Fidelio competition within two months of its existence, and has been recognized with a number of awards and prizes since. Notably, Trio Immersio received the “New Sound of Austrian Music” program of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, given to select musicians to represent the musical culture and traditions of Austria all over the globe. They are also the winner of the Bank of Austria Arts Prize 2016, and are proud members of the Le Dimore del Quartetto association.


Trio Immersio has performed at prestigious venues including the Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, RadioKulturhaus Wien, Flagey in Brussels, Royal Danish Opera, Teatru Manoel in Malta, Theatre Sorano in Dakar, CRR Concer Salonu in Istanbul, Schönberg Centre, Ancient Amphitheater in Bodrum, Kyiv Philharmonie, Georgian National Parliamentary Library. Active worldwide, Trio Immersio has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan.


The ICEBERG Institute will take place from July 19-30, 2021. It is designed to provide composers with daily instruction and feedback, multiple opportunities to hear their music workshopped and performed,  free time to write and study, and opportunities to explore their surroundings. Participants will share their work in masterclass settings, and receive feedback from distinguished guest faculty Oscar Bianchi. Participants will also enjoy a one-day excursion to Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a guided tour of the Mozarteum Conservatory.

ICEBERG Institute 2021 Schedule



JULY 18 – Composers arrive in Vienna

JULY 19 – Readings/Rehearsals with Trio Immersio, Panel Discussion

JULY 20 - 23 – Daily composition instruction, revision period

JULY 24 – Salzburg excursion, Mozarteum visit

JULY 25 – Free composition time, deadline to send revised scores


JULY 26 - 29 – Student and faculty presentations, rehearsals


JULY 30 – Guest composer master classes, closing concert, banquet


ICEBERG Institute will take place at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, in their Penzingerstraße campus (top). Widely considered among the top music universities in the world, their facilities provide a specialized environment with all equipment necessary for a focused study of music. All instruction during ICEBERG Institute 2021 will be in English.


The closing concert will be held at the Arena (left), an historic venue that has been kept intact in its typical turn-of-the-century details. Seating up to 60 people, its acoustics are ideal for the aural intricacies of chamber music. The final concert will be recorded (audio + video).

Participants will be housed in apartment lodgings near campus. Vienna is very walkable; however, participants will also receive a metro card allowing them free transport within the city.

How to Apply

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the 2021 ICEBERG Institute are currently closed.

To apply, click the "Apply Now" button below. Composers are welcome to apply as active participants (16 spots available) or auditors (10 spots available). All participants must be 18 years or older. All applicants will need to provide the following:

  • Name

  • Date of Birth

  • Citizenship

  • Link to a resumé or C.V.

  • Links to two work samples (scores) with accompanying recordings

Additionally, accepted candidates will be asked to supply the following before arrival:

  • Proof of valid passport

  • Proof of health insurance

There is no application fee.

Please contact us if you have questions regarding the application.

Timeline and Fees

COURSE FEE: €2950 (participants), €640 (auditors)

Full course fee includes: All classes and workshops, all transportation within Vienna, accommodations, daily coffee break refreshments (weekdays), one daily light lunch (weekdays), transportation to and from Salzburg, Mozarteum tour, concert performance, high-quality audio and video recording.

Auditor course fee includes: All classes and workshops (listener only), daily coffee break refreshments (weekdays), one daily light lunch (weekdays), concert admission. The Salzburg tour is not included, but auditors wishing to attend may do so by request, for an additional fee.

One (1) scholarship is available for a full participant. This scholarship will be awarded on a need-based basis.

ICEBERG Institute Application Timeline

JANUARY 15 – Application deadline


FEBRUARY 15 – Decision emails sent


MARCH 1 – €500 non-refundable deposit due, credited towards tuition fee


MAY 1 – Full Tuition Due


JULY 1 – Composition Draft Submission Deadline


JULY 19 – Participants arrive


JULY 19-30  – ICEBERG Institute

JULY 31 – Participants depart