20-31 July 2020
The Haarlem Organ Festival and COVID-19 - Update
The developments regarding COVID-19 are moving very fast. It is not yet clear what effects the strict measures taken by the Dutch government on March 17 will have on the Organ Festival. Of course we hope the Festival will continue. We will inform you about this as soon as possible, but no later than 10 April. For this moment we advise to wait with booking airline tickets, etc.
Registration for the 49th Haarlem Summer Academy for Organists is open!
Click here to find out how to subscribe and to go to the Application Form. You can subscribe till the end of June 2020.
What is the Haarlem International Summer Academy for Organists?
The Haarlem International Summer Academy for Organists was founded in 1955 and is therefore the oldest of its kind in the world! During the last 70 years the Academy grew from 4 teachers and 10 students to the largest Summerschool in the world. Now around 100-120 students from all over the world – even from China, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Corea, South Africa, United States of America, Chili, Syria... – travel to Haarlem each two years to attend masterclasses and study with the most distinguished organists of this time.
A very successful Young Talent Class has been part of the Academy since 2010, an unforgettable experience for the selected participants that for some was the beginning of a professional music education and even a starting career as a concert organist.
The focal point of the Summer Academy is undoubtedly the world-famous Christian Müller organ (1738) in St. Bavo's Church.
Click here for an overview of all Summer Academy courses to make your choice.
22, 24 and 25 July 2020
The thematic material for the preliminary round is released!
The competition is open to organists with recital experience in improvisation. A new element since 2018 is that there is no age limit. Application for the 53rd International Organ Improvisation Competition is open from February 1 2020. The recording must be in our possession by March 15, 2020.
Use the drop-down-menu above to find more information about the International Improvisation Competition 2020!