Summer Academy 

20-31 July 2020

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.

Young Talent Class

Are you a talented organ player between 12 and 18 years old? Is it your dream to be a professional organist and do you dare to play in masterclasses led by the world's leading world-renowned organists on the most beautiful organs in Haarlem?

This is your chance!

From 20-31 July 2020, a Young Talent Class will be organized for the sixth time as part of the Summer Academy. Hereby you are invited to register and send us a recording before March 1, 2020. In April you will be informed of your admission to the master classes of the Young Talent Class.
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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 succesful 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.


Improvisation Competition

22, 24 and 25 July 2020

The thematic material for the preliminary round is released! 

Click here to go directly to the page 'How to apply' with the thematic material

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!

Next Haarlem International Organ Festival:

18 July - 1 August 2020

Geerten van de Wetering winner of the Improvisation Competition


The jury of the International Haarlem Organfestival has declared Geerten van de Wetering (Netherlands) as winner of the 52ndt Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition


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Three finalists Improvisation Competition


On Wednesday 18 July the jury has announced the names of the three finalists.


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