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.
The 2016 International Haarlem Organ Festival will open on Saturday 16 July with a programme on the town’s many historic organs. Academy students will be expected to register on Sunday afternoon 17 July.
The 47th Summer Academy for Organists: meeting and discussion
The 2016 Summer Academy will provide not only a full programme of international masterclasses but also opportunity for meeting and discussion between teachers and students. The SummerAcademy is open to undergraduates on a professional performers' course and to postgraduates active as performing musicians. It will take place from Monday 18 July to Saturday 30 July 2016. All students will receive a certificate testifying to their attendance at the Summer Academy.
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.
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. €32,50 p.p.p.n. Single rooms can not be guaranteed.