The Summer Academy in 2021

Postponement details


Your subscription

This second postponement obviously has consequences for the Summer Academy students who have already registered and paid their course fees. 
What will happen to your registration?

Conditions to attend the Haarlem Summer Academy 2021

First of all: the most important condition for participation in the Academy is that you are healthy, to be proven with a vaccination statement or a negative COVID test, which must be dated no earlier than July 16, 2021. 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.

We give all students who already registered and paid for the Summer Academy 2020 the following four options:

First option: retain your 2020 subscription until 2021

The first option is that your registration for the courses you have already paid for, and which will indeed take place in the slimmed-down Summer Academy 2021, remains valid. Fortunately, most of you chose this option in April 2020, after the first announcement of the postponement. This option gives you certainty about your participation in 2021. If you have also registered and paid for B&B accommodation, this arrangement will continue to apply in 2021. 
If you have registered and paid for more than one course and the other course(s) is or are postponed until 2022, you can 1) choose to attend alternative courses (if available*) in the 2021 slimmed-down Summer Academy program, 2) keep the registration for the selected masterclass(es) until 2022, or 3) choose a voucher for the number of courses that you cannot attend due to the postponement. This voucher can be redeemed at the Academies in July 2022 and / or July 2024. More about the voucher at Option 3.
Using the voucher, you benefit from not having to pay the registration fee for that Summer Academy!

*Please note that some students will reconsider enrollment, which will free up places in currently fully booked courses. So check this website regularly! Registration will be reopened in mid-January to fill the available course places. This will be announced in a Newsletter.

Second option: retain 2020 subscription until 2022

All courses which are cancelled in 2021 will take place unaltered in 2022. If participation is not possible in July 2021 because your selected course(s) is or are postponed until 2022, you can choose to keep your subscription until 2022. This option gives you certainty about your participation in 2022. If you have also registered for B&B accommodation, this arrangement will continue to apply for the same academy week(s) in 2022. 

Third option: voucher

If you have already paid for courses in 2020 but participation is not possible in July 2021 because your chosen course has been postponed, and you are not yet sure about attending the Summer Academy in 2022, you can choose to receive a voucher for the number of courses registered and already paid. This voucher is redeemable in the Academies in July 2022 and / or July 2024.
Price increases will not be passed on and anyone with a voucher will have priority when registering for and choosing courses. The voucher is not personal. So it can be transferred to someone else, as long as this student meet the Academy requirements. If you decide not to use the voucher in 2022 or 2024, your paid course fee will still be refunded.

Fourth option: reimbursement

If participation is not possible in both 2021 and 2022 and you do not choose to receive a voucher, the course fee already paid will be refunded immediately. Hopefully we will meet at a future Organ Festival in Haarlem.

This crisis of course has major financial consequences for the Organ Festival. If you decide to donate part of the refunded course fees, for example the registration fee, as a gift, that would be very much appreciated. It helps us to survive in this difficult time.

Let us know!

All registered Summer Academy students are requested to inform us of their choice by sending an email to If option 4 is chosen, please provide your bank account details and do not forget to let us know if you will be donating part of the fee.

Registration for courses is temporarily not possible, because we need some time to technically prepare the website. Due to cancellations, places will probably become available in the currently fully booked courses. Keep an eye on the website; when a course spot becomes available, it is possible to register for it as soon as registration is opened again. We will reopen the regular registration of the Summer Academy 2021 as soon as possible, presumably around February 1, 2021. This will be announced in a Newsletter.