Summer Academy 2022

General information


The corona situation in the Netherlands remains worrying. Despite a vaccination program we are still facing waves of growing numbers of infected people and corona related hospitalization. Also the introduction of different variants of the virus is not comforting. Unfortunately, the situation in Holland is not very different from other countries. 

However, faced with this situation, the Board and the organization of the International Organ Festival is determed to continue the preparations for the Summer Academy in 2022. Of course we have to take into account that it will be too risky to ask international students and professors to travel to Haarlem, and have masterclasses on organ lofts with sometimes very limited space. We hope you understand that the possibility remains that we may have to postpone the Summer Academy again if we are forced to do so. But we sincerely hope that the situation will be better in the summer.

Please trust that we do all we can to find ways to organize this event which is so important for many organists from all over the world. Nevertheless, safety is our first priority.

The Summer Academy in 2022 will have the same program as planned for 2020. You can find the overview of the courses here. There are still places available in all courses. On January 1, 2022, the registration form will be online on this website and registration is possible.

General information about the Haarlem International Summer Academy for Organists

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.

Registration for the Summer Academy 2022 will open on January 1, 2022!

Opening weekend
The 2022 International Haarlem Organ Festival starts on Saturday 16 July with a day-long programme on the town’s many historic organs. In the evening a spectacular Festive Opening Concert in St Bavo's church will open the International Haarlem Organ Festival 2022. The Dutch National Youth Choir, conducted by star conductor Sigvards Klava and accompanied by Hayo Boerema on the Müller organ, will guarantee a memorable concert on the highest possible artistic level.

The 49th Summer Academy for Organists: meeting and discussion
The 2022 Summer Academy will provide not only a programme of international masterclasses but also opportunity for meeting and discussion between teachers and students. The Summer Academy is open to undergraduates (studying at a professional music education institute, like a Conservatoire, University of Arts  or Musikhochschule) and to graduates active as performing musicians. It will take place from Monday 18 July to Friday 29 July 2022. You can choose courses from a diversity of composers, topics and professors. Each student is expected to attend all five 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 who attended all lessons will receive a certificate testifying to their attendance at the Summer Academy.
Please be aware that playing time need to be shared with all participants. There is no guarantee that you may play at each lesson. The professor is instructed to divide the available playing time as fair as possible.
In case you prepared your repertoire poorly, your active status may be altered into passive, to avoid loss of playing time and disappointment by the other students.

Festival Excursion to the South 
On Sunday July 24, 2022 we will organize an excursion to Breda, 's-Hertogenbosch and Helmond in the southern provinces of the Netherlands.

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 Zomeracademie 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.

IMPORTANT: Health conditions to attend the Haarlem Summer Academy 2022
We cannot predict the COVID-19 (-20? -21? -22?) situation in 2022. We will have to take into account that health measures still prevail by that time. If so, the most important condition for participation in the Academy is that you are healthy, to be proven with a vaccination statement (or, if allowed at that time, just a negative COVID test which must be dated no earlier than July 16, 2022). If you cannot show us a document proving that you are healthy, you are not allowed to attend the Summer Academy masterclasses and concerts. If you have this document but are clearly showing corona-related symptoms, such as coughing, throat problems, or fever, we will immediately accompany you to see a doctor. If you refuse to have your condition screened, you will be refused further participation in the Summer Academy. Paid fees will not be reimbursed in that case!

Further information
During the Summer Academy a limited 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.

Group discount
If more than 5 students of the same organ professor from a Conservatory, School of Music or another educational institution register for the Summer Academy, each of these students will receive a discount of 1% per participating student on the registration and course fees. So if 11 students of the same Professor enroll in the Summer Academy, all these 11 students will receive an 11% discount. The maximum discount is 15%, and the discount does not apply to the B&B fee. The discount will be refunded after arrival in Haarlem. In the Registration form, choose 'I am eligible for group discount'.

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 ca. €42,50 p.p.p.n. Single rooms can not be guaranteed.


If the corona situation in the Netherlands and restrictions of the Dutch Government forces us to postpone the Summer Academy 2022, a similar arrangemant as in 2020 and 2021 will be available (i.e. maintainance of the subscription, a voucher for the paid fees, or full refund). We will communicate an eventual postponement as soon as possible by our Newsletter.

In case you cancel your submission and/or B&B arrangement for other reasons:In case you cancel your submission and/or B&B arrangement:

  • Be aware that the registration fee (€ 105) will not be refunded.
  • When cancelling before June 1st 2022, 75% of the paid fees will be refunded.
  • When you cancel after June 1st 2022, no refund will be possible, except when your cancellation is caused by visa complications (see under) or by an unexpected change in your medical condition.
  • In this last instance please send us an original doctor’s statement. If accepted we will refund 75 % of the paid fees.
  • After July 10, 2022, no fee will be refunded in any case. So, check your personal travel insurance!


  • The Festival Organization can help with visa applications (invitation letters etc.) after we received your course fee payment. However, it’s your responsibility to start visa procedures in time! When your visa application is not completed on or after June 30th 2022, we will not refund any paid fees.

How to pay

  • Payment is possible via the website, or by money transfer to our bank account.