Category: Orchestras

Orchestras may choose to take part in the SCL Competition or in the SCL Celebration.

SCL Competition

For the Competition the following categories apply:
  • Symphony Orchestras
  • Chamber Orchestras with Winds
  • String Orchestras

In the Competition orchestras take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony (St. Stephen's Cathedral / Musikverein or Konzerthaus)
- 2 workshops in our SCL-Academy at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 performance before the jury in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- If chosen by the jury: concert in the evening Gala Winners’ Concert in the Konzerthaus
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall

Within a time period of 20 to 25 minutes the participants are required to present the following music pieces to the jury:
  • the compulsory piece (see below);
  • one piece of a composer from the ensemble's home country;
  • one piece of music in contemporary style, which can be identical with the piece by the composer of the ensemble's home country;
  • additional piece(s) required in order to reach the minimum playing time, to be freely chosen.
The participants are advised to present a broad program that entails technical difficulties and fast passages, as well as calmer movements and works in order to give the jury a broad basis of decision-making. No solo pieces are allowed.

+ see the Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
The SCL Jury evaluates the ensembles upon a transparent catalogue of criteria.  The following criteria are observed and rated:

- Technical criteria = intonation, rhythm, dynamics, ensemble playing. (A maximum of 14 points can be reached)
- Musical-artistic criteria = phrasing, expressivity, spontaneity (Max 14 points)
- Overall artistic impression (Max 6 points)
- Program selection - variety, contemporary piece (Max 6 points)

Depending on the rating of the Jury the orchestra and its participants will be awarded with a certificate which lists the result: Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated.

Outstanding: 30 - 40 Points
Excellent: 20 - 29 Points
Good: 10 - 19 Points
Participated: 0 - 9 Points

The orchestras will be provided with a summarized feedback from the whole jury, the result of the competition (Outstanding, Excellent, Good or Participated) and the rank in their category. However, the points and the individual points of the respective criteria or the individual jury member will not be revealed.

SCL Celebration

In the Celebration orchestras take part in the following program:

- The opening ceremony (St. Stephen's Cathedral / Musikverein or Konzerthaus)
- 2 workshops in our SCL-Academy at the University of Music and one additional lecture
- 2 additional concerts in and around Vienna
- 1 performance in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein
- Closing ceremony in Vienna’s Town Hall
- Gala Winner´s Concert ticket included

Within a time period of max. 20 minutes the participants may present their freely chosen pieces on stage. No solo pieces are allowed.
Join all the participating ensembles one more time at the Gala Winner´s Concert in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus. A true celebration of the individual achievements of the past few festival days as well as a celebration of international friendships that have been established over the course of the SCL Festival.
Additional concerts:
Your program for the additional concerts should be around 25-55 minutes. The program can be freely chosen, it can also include all or parts of your competition / celebration program and/or your workshop pieces.



Compulsory Pieces for the competition 2022:

Symphony Orchestra:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):   Hungarian Dance No. 5 (3:45),
Hungarian Dance No. 6 (2:51)
(full score & instrumental parts):,_WoO_1_(Brahms,_Johannes)


Chamber Orchestra with Winds:

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):   Symphony No. 5 in B♭ major, D. 485, 1. movement Allegro (6:55)
(full score & instrumental parts):


String Orchestra:

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907):   Holberg Suite, op. 40, 1. movement: Prelude (04:00)
(full score & instrumental parts):

 If your local music shop won’t be able to get the required pieces for you please find here possible other vendors that sell our required music pieces.

Please note: Compulsory pieces are already available at our festival office and don´t have to be included in your sending of the seven original conductor scores.


Workshop Pieces 2022:

All orchestras taking part in the Competition are asked to prepare their respective compulsory piece for the first workshop. For the second workshop, please select one piece from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

All orchestras taking part in the Celebration are invited to prepare two pieces from the list of your respective category. You may also choose a piece from your additional program. This piece, however, needs to be confirmed by the Artistic Director first.

Symphony Orchestra:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major, op.93, IV. Allegro vivace
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Symphony
Ludwig van Beethoven: One movement from Egmont, Coriolan or Fidelio Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38, 3rd movement, Scherzo Molto Vivace
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony No.3 in a minor Op. 56 (“Scottish”), 2nd movement, Vivace non troppo
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances No. 3 and 8

Chamber Orchestra:
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.104 in D major I. Adagio – Allegro or IV. Finale: Spiritoso
Franz Schubert: One movement from Symphony No.5 in B flat major (D 485)
Joseph Haydn: One movement from Symphony No.43 in E flat major Hob.I: 43 (“Mercury”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Symphony Nr. 29 in A major, KV 201
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances

String Orchestra:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sinfonia No. 4 in C minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: One movement from Divertimento KV 136 or KV 137 or 138
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Josef Suk: One movement from Serenade for Strings in E flat-major Op. 6
Edvard Grieg: One movement from Holberg Suite
Béla Bartók: Rumanian Folk Dances
Johann Sebastian Bach: 3. Brandenburgisches Konzert, 1st movement
Georg Friedrich Händel: One movement from Concerto grosso Op. 6 / No. 5 in D major



  • SCL Festival Venues - St. Stephen's Cathedral

    The opening ceremony held in St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s landmark and a symbol of Austrian identity.

  • SCL Festival Venues - Musikverein

    The Competition and the Celebration held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein (and/or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus). Music lovers throughout the world know...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Golden Hall of the Musikverein

    ...the Musikverein as the center of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

  • SCL Festival Venues - Konzerthaus

    The Gala Winner’s concert, held in the sold out Konzerthaus. In the heart of the Konzerthaus (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’ flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad...
  • SCL Festival Venues - Great Hall of the Konzerthaus

    ...Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity.

  • SCL Festival Venues - University of Music in Vienna

    Workshops and seminars held in the University of Music in Vienna, one of the largest arts universities in the world.
  • SCL Festival Venues - Rathaus / Vienna City Hall

    Closing ceremony held in the magnificent Festival Hall of Vienna City Hall, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Vienna.

Jury members - Workshop Lecturers 2022

Pablo Boggiano

Pablo Boggiano

Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Christoph Ehrenfellner

Christoph Ehrenfellner

Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Markus Geiselhart

Markus Geiselhart

Workshop Lecturer
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant

Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant

Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
David Slater

David Slater

Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer
Saul Zaks

Saul Zaks

Artistic Director of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival; Choir,...
  • Pablo Boggiano
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Markus Geiselhart
  • Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
  • David Slater
  • Saul Zaks
  • Pablo Boggiano

    Choir & Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Pablo Boggiano was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied conducting at the national conservatory “Lopez Buchado” with Mario Benzecry and at the Argentinean Catholic University. At the age of 18 he made his debut at the cathedral of Buenos Aires with the Requiem of Faurè and became assistant of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra.

    In Europe he studied with Prof. Scott Sandmeier Conservatory of Paris, with Thomas Doss Konservatorium Wien, Erwin Accel as well as with Jorma Panula in Helsinki. Prof. Berau, a former student of Olivier Messiaen, grants him the prize as winner of international competitions and conducted the Orchestra Boréal in Paris.

    In 2003 he was invited by Ivan Fischer to work with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Pablo Boggiano works regularly in Eastern Europe in Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Slovakia with Orchestras such as Sofia Philharmonic, Kiev and Kharkov Philharmonic, Bratislava Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, and others.

    In Argentina he works also regularly with the Sinfónica Nacional and Orquesta Filarmónica del Teatro Colón, and was second conductor at the production of “Der Rosenkavallier” from New Yorok Metropolitan at Teatro Colón in 2017.

    After ten performances of “The Magic Flute” in Niederösterreich with the support of Austrian government, he produced the World Opera-Tango premier in Theater Akzent Wien, with “Maria de Buenos Aires” from Piazzolla and “Mateo” from Martin Palmeri.

    In 2013 he worked with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra of London in CADOGAN HALL.

    During the season 2018-2019 he will work with the Tonkünstler-Ochester in Wiener Musikverein und Sankt Pölten and in 2020 will start his collaboration as a conductor with the Wiener Concert Verein, in Musikverein and Villach.

    In May 2019 he will record a CD for Naxos Europe with music of the composer Esteban Benzecry and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lviv- Ukraine.

  • Christoph Ehrenfellner

    Orchestra Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    The Salzburg born conductor-composer-violinist has chosen 3 tracks to bring the fruits of a blossoming spirit to full exchange with our musical world. His actual position as an artist-in-residence at Theater Nordhausen has been preceded by composing-residencies at Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Ozawa Academy Geneva, Festival Retz, Loisiarte, St.Gallen- and Palmklang. Among the acclaimed premieres are works such as Ehrenfellners 1st Symphony, 2nd Opera, 1st Ballet, or 3rd violin-concerto.

    His partners are Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Loh-Orchester Sondershausen, Kransnojarsk Chamber Orchestra, the Dialoge-Festival Salzburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Allegro Vivo Festival. Musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Leif Segerstam, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, Enrico Pace, Erwin Ortner, Christoph Sietzen etc. perform his music. In the coming season it will be Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Liszt Biennale Weimar, Tyrol Festival Erl, Tchech Chamber Philharmonic Praha und Manila Youth Orchestra, who will have encounters with Christoph Ehrenfellner.

    Enthusiastic reviews about his music come from NY Times, Spiegel online, Austrian newspaper Die Presse, Salzburger Nachrichten, Kurier, Krone and many more. The Tjeknavorian-CD-recording of Ehrenfellners Suite des Alpes at SONY-Classical won the OPUS-classic-prize 2018 in Germany. Elbphilharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Cité de la Muisque, Concertgebouw or Vienna Musikverein: in nearly all of the leading European Concert Halls the music of Christoph Ehrenfellner has won enthusiastic audience.

    Ehrenfellner is honorary member of the Japan Austria Cultural Association. His thesis ‘Art&Money’ is edited at the Akademiker Verlag Saarbrücken.

  • Markus Geiselhart

    Workshop Lecturer

    Born in Stuttgart in 1977, the composer, arranger, bandleader and trombonist Markus Geiselhart studied jazz trombone at the University of Music in Würzburg. He was a member of the Bavarian State Youth Jazz Orchestra and played under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer in the National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO). In 2005 he founded the "Würzburg Jazz Orchestra (WJO)", which he directed musically and organizationally for six years and during this time brought around 40 concerts with 33 different programs and over 100 participating artists to the stage. In 2006 he moved to Vienna. In 2008 he launched the Don Ellis Tribute Orchestra with the Mnozil brass trumpeter Thomas Gansch. In 2010 he founded his "Markus Geiselhart Orchestra" with which he was the official stage band in the Vienna jazz club Porgy&Bess in the 2013/14 season and in 2016 presented the album "My Instrument is the Orchestra", which was highly acclaimed by the press. In the same year he toured with the MGO and the exceptional American trombonist Ray Anderson and made guest appearances at the renowned "Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele". In 2020, commissioned by the city of Baden near Vienna, he composed a program for jazz orchestra for the Beethoven year. He also works as a guest conductor with various jazz orchestras, such as the "Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra", and has been invited to workshops by several big bands.  He also regularly works as a lecturer for jazz and big band seminars, such as the annual big band seminar at Musikfabrik Niederösterreich.

    As a composer and arranger, he created works for "Art of Brass Vienna" or "Salaputia Brass" in addition to big band compositions. As a trombonist, he brought the multimedia homage to Albert Mangelsdorff "Hut off!" to the stage, works with a solo program as well as with the trio "GEISELHART / KOLLER / THALER" and can be heard with his quartet or "Beatles Project". From 2012 to 2020 he taught theory, composition and arrangement at the "Jam Music Lab Private University" in Vienna and held the position of dean there from 2017 to 2019. Since 2013 he has held a teaching position for big band direction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

    Photograph © Patrick Sowa

  • Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant

    Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant serves as Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the music department, and Artistic Director & conductor of the Durham Medical Orchestra.  

    Mösenbichler-Bryant is the Executive Director of the World Youth Wind Orchestra and World Adult Wind Orchestra Projects, both part of the annual Mid-Europe festival in Schladming, Austria ( She also co-founded and conducts the North Carolina Youth Wind Ensemble and is the newly appointed conductor of the Schwäbisches Jugendblasorchester.

    Verena grew up in Eberschwang, Austria. She began piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing later with church organ, flute, and bassoon.

    Her conducting debut at age 16 was followed by a Kapellmeister Ausbildung with Johann Mösenbichler. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant then studied symphony orchestra conducting with Ingo Ingensand at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Upper Austria, and received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in 2005. She completed her Master of Music in 2007 with Kevin Sedatole at Michigan State University, followed by a DMA in Wind Ensemble Conducting in May 2009, from The University of Texas at Austin with Jerry Junkin.

    Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant’s transcription of John Corigliano’s Grammy-winning work, Mr. Tambourine Man, for Wind Ensemble and Amplified Soprano, published by G. Schirmer, was strongly praised by the composer, and has received numerous performances since its 2009 premiere. Additionally, she has arranged and premiered Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon for Soprano and Wind Ensemble and Sing Gently, available through Hal Leonard, and Steven Bryant’s all stars are love for Soprano and Orchestra. She has also published an article in GIA’s respected Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Verena has served as guest conductor and clinician across the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Portugal, France, as well in her native Austria and is winner of The American Prize in Conducting, 2019-20, in the band/wind ensemble university division.

  • David Slater

    Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    David Slater is an Australian composer, conductor and music educator.
After completing studies at the University of Sydney with legendary Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, he received scholarships to study in Europe with Helmut Lachenmann, Cristobal Hallfter and Brian Ferneyhough. His work encompasses many genres from the concert hall to TV, film and advertising, and includes solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music. His compositions have received numerous awards over many years. He receives regular commissions and is performed throughout Australia and the world.

Mr Slater is an experienced conductor with an extensive repertoire spanning from the Baroque to the present day. He began his studies in conducting in Germany, and on return to Australia was mentored by the Chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Challender. He founded and directed a number of award-winning ensembles which include contemporary music groups, orchestras, choirs, youth orchestras and musical theatre companies. In recent years he has conducted student and professional orchestras and choirs from more than 20 countries: Australia, Asia and the USA to all parts of Europe, from Italy and Spain to Scandinavia, the Baltic Region and Russia.

He is a regular guest at international music festivals, where he sits on international juries, conducts masterclasses and gives lectures. His regular schedule includes engagements in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovakia, with notable events in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Russia. For 40 years Mr Slater has been teaching and lecturing in music. He is passionate about the role of music in society and in education, and has promoted the creation, study and performance of great music throughout his career. He has been a consultant on music curriculum and final year examiner in three Australian states.

He has won many major awards for composition, conducting and service to music, including the Symphony Australia Prize, the National Award of the Orchestras of Australia Network and Australia Day awards for service to music in the community. He has published articles on music and music education and represents Australia on the World Choir Council.



  • Saul Zaks

    Artistic Director of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival; Choir, Orchestra & Symphonic Band Jury; Workshop Lecturer

    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 and living in Denmark, Saul Zaks is and international conductor and mediator who connects people from different cultures and provides a cross-cultural communication through music and the arts.

    He has been the conductor of The Musicology Students Choir at the University of Aarhus, and of The University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

    Saul Zaks is a guest professor in choral and orchestral conducting at the University of Buenos Aires, Universidad Católica de Asunción del Paraguay, Conservatorio Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.

    He studied at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music & Dance, Israel, with Prof. Mendi Rodán, and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music Aarhus.

    Saul Zaks is specialized in the music from Latin America and has performed and recorded with, amongst others, the composer Ariel Ramirez, the singer Mercedes Sosa, the composer & pianist Pablo Ziegler and the bandoneón players Daniel Binelli, Pablo Mainetti, César Stroscio and Rodolfo Marcelo Zanetti.

    As Chorus Master, Saul Zaks has gained a nomination for the Danish Grammy Award 2006 - Best Classical Album - together with the Danish National Choir & Symphony Orchestra for recordings of "Choral Symphony & Requiem" by Asger Hamerik.

    Additionally he has gained a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award 2016 in the category Best Tango Album - "Sax to Tango" - together with Pablo Ziegler, Julio Botti, Franco Pinna & The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra.

    Together with Argentinean composer Martin Palmeri, Saul Zaks performed the Scandinavian premiere of "Misatango", and the World Premiere of the "Tango Credo" at Lincoln Center, New York in 2017.

    Today Saul Zaks is the Artistic Director & Conductor of the Misatango Festival Vienna (

    In 2018 Saul Zaks was appointed Artistic Director for the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna.

    Appointments in 2019 include the World Premiere of Martin Palmeri´s "Gran Misa" in Carnegie Hall, New York City, The International Music Festival in Bratislava and workshops and concerts at Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media.

  • Pablo Boggiano
  • Christoph Ehrenfellner
  • Markus Geiselhart
  • Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant
  • David Slater
  • Saul Zaks

Instruments on stage during the competition or celebration:

Due to the lay-out of the stage and the sequence of the competition a Piano will only be available for performing Choirs in the competition in the Musikverein.

Nevertheless Orchestras, Symphonic Bands and Special Performing Groups can dispose of the following instruments on stage in the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the additional concerts at the MuTh concert hall:

-    5x Timpani (5 Pauken) - Adams Sinfonik pedaltimpani, plastic heads, fine tuner, tuning gauge, sizes 20, 23, 26, 29, 32
-    Xylophone - Yamaha, 3 + ½ octaves (3 + ½ Oktaven)
-    Vibraphone - Musser, 3 octaves (3 Oktaven)
-    Marimba - Yamaha, 5 octaves (5 Oktaven)
-    Bass Drum (= Große Trommel = Grand Cassa) - Adams 40‘

Those instruments will be arranged as indicated on the SCL stage plan of the Musikverein and cannot be removed. Please do not take your own versions of the above-mentioned percussion instruments to the stage and use only the provided ones at the indicated stages.
Please also note that instruments are only provided at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the MuTh concert hall. At all other locations you have to use your own percussion instruments and music stands.

Additional instruments and technical equipment are generally not supplied by Via Musica. Should you require additional equipment please contact us for organisational assistance as soon as possible.