19-31 July 2021
The Haarlem Organ Festival and COVID-19 -
Update September 3, 2020
Registration for the 49th Haarlem Summer Academy for Organists is temporarely closed
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online registration has been temporarily closed. The online registration form will work again as soon as more information is available about the permitted number of students in the Summer Academy masterclasses. More news will be announced in our Newsletter in due course. After opening the online registration, you can register until the end of June 2021. Participation in the Summer Academy 2021 is guaranteed for all students who have already registered, with the only condition that the COVID-19 measures allow the Haarlem Organ Festival to proceed.
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.
21, 23 and 24 July 2021
Three participants selected for the 2021 Improvisation Competition
Three participants are selected for the Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition 2021: Sebastian Benetello (D), Marcel Eliasch (D) and Cyril Julien (CH).
Given the fact that the Organ Festival has been postponed to the summer of 2021, another preselection round will be launched in the spring of 2021 in order to select the other four participants.