Summer Academy

General information

Application to take part in the Haarlem Summer Academy is now open.

Founded in 1955, the Summer Academy for Organists in the beautiful city of Haarlem quickly became a mecca for leading organists and students from all over the world. At the very centre of the Summer Academy is one of the most famous organs in the world: the eighteenth-century instrument by Christian Müller in the Bavokerk, in the historic city's main square. Around the corner, in the Philharmonie concert hall, is a fully restored three-manual Cavaillé-Coll organ. Many other important historical organs in the city are used by the teachers and students of the Summer Academy.

Opening weekend
The 2018 International Haarlem Organ Festival will open on Saturday 14 July with a programme on the town’s many historic organs. Academy students will be expected to register on Sunday afternoon 15 July.

The 49th Summer Academy for Organists: meeting and discussion
The 2018 Summer Academy will provide not only a full programme of international masterclasses but also opportunity for meeting and discussion between teachers and students. The Summer Academy is open to undergraduates on a professional performers' course and to postgraduates active as performing musicians. It will take place from Monday 16 July to Saturday 28 July 2018. You can choose courses from a wide diversity of composers, topics and professors. Each student is expected to attend all six lessons of the course(s) you subscribed for. In case of absence without valid reason you will not be admitted to the lessons any longer. There will be no refund of any course fee or B&B payment. All students will receive a certificate testifying to their attendance at the Summer Academy.

Festival Excursion to Groningen
‚ÄčOn Sunday 22 July the Summer Academy will travel to Groningen. A luxury coach will bring us this day to the 'Organ Garden of Europe'. Don't miss this excursion!

Tuition will be in English. It is therefore absolutely essential that all students have a good understanding of this language.
NL: De voertaal van de Academie is Engels. Alle studenten dienen deze taal goed te verstaan.
D: Die Unterrichtssprache der Akademie ist die Englische Sprache. Alle Studenten sollen gut Englisch verstehen.
F: La langue véhiculaire de l'Académie étant l'anglais, toutes les étudiants doivent avoir une connaissance passive de cette langue.

Further information
During the Summer Academy a wide range of practise instruments will be available in Haarlem and the vicinity. The festival organisation reserves the right to change the SummerAcademy programme should unavoidable circumstances arise; academy students will be informed of any necessary changes.

Where to stay
Applicants can request help in arranging accommodation on the academy application form. Simple B&B lodgings will be available in private homes, mainly in the suburbs of Haarlem (within app. 30 minutes travel from the centre of the festival). Costs for B&B are appr. €35 p.p.p.n. Single rooms can not be guaranteed.