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Mission Statement

As a post-secondary educational institution of the Province of Burgenland, the Joseph Haydn Conservatory (JHC) in Eisenstadt educates students from all over the world in the fields of musical performance and pedagogy and in the development and valorisation of artistic research.

Through its wide-ranging courses of study, the JHC makes an important contribution to the cultural life of our region. Education to the highest level, marked by collegial cooperation and open and friendly communication among teachers, students and administration, is assured by a team of lecturers of international stature, intensive mentoring of our students, regular evaluation and constant improvement of teaching.

The teaching of ethical responsibility through and while dealing with aesthetical values is of equal importance to the acquisition of the highest possible professional qualifications and the social competences associated with them.

This is also the basis for the special attention paid by our institution to early education in the form of preparatory study (Youth Academy), which teaches children enthusiasm for music and art and offers them meaningful ways of shaping their lives.

Not only because of the school’s location is it named for the genius loci Joseph Haydn: his special position and enduring importance to serious Western music, which he developed and strengthened in his almost thirty years of service at Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, make him a central and seminal figure. His life and work are the basis for the guiding principles of our institution, which serves as a living monument to his art.

Haydn’s innovative power within traditional norms had an enduring influence and effect on the entire further musical development of the West and is exemplary for the productive, original and diverse contest between progress and tradition, norm and discontinuity, which is indispensable in a modern music school.

In the sense of Haydn’s words, “My music is understood throughout the world” lies the transcultural unifying force of the language of music which for us is a matter of course: the cultural diversity of Burgenland is the result of a demographic development which allows speakers of German, Hungarian, Croatian and other languages to live in peace with one another and which is also reflected artistically in the work of the other two great composers of the province, Franz Liszt und Jenö Takács.

This universal character of the language of music also manifests itself in the educational areas of popular music and crossover projects, international cooperation and participation in the European Erasmus Programme.

As an event centre the JHC conveys cultural values in the form of public artistic and academic activities, which provide an impulse for the growth of awareness of the importance of artistic reflection, supporting the development and valorisation of the arts as they are dealt with in society and everyday life.

Potential professions for our graduates:

  • Pianist, accompanist, singer, composer
  • Chamber and orchestra musician
  • Ensemble conductor
  • Instrumental or vocal teacher in music schools, general education secondary schools and vocational schools, or as private music teachers
  • Pop and jazz musician