1 – The Summer Academy of Music is being presented by Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V.. It will take place in its 11th edition from July 16 – 26, 2020, and is primarily addressing music students and young musicians engaging in professional music education. It takes place in Uelzen, Germany, and surrounding communities. In principal, there is no upper age limit. However, music studies should not have been finished earlier than three years prior to the Summer Academy. The Artisic Director may make exceptions from this rule on an individual basis. All materials will be checked by a committee and applicants will be selected for participation according to their qualification.
2 – The course fee includes:
a) four lessons with one chosen teacher (for multiple booking see # 3)
b) up to two sessions* with the Chamber Orchestra (see # 5)
c) up to two sessions* in the Chamber Music Ensemble (see # 5)
d) Correpition and coaching with Karim Said
e) local transportation**
f) practising facilities at the music school of Uelzen
g) free admission to all concerts and special events of the International Summer Academy Lüneburger Heide
* if capacity allows, more sessions are possible, provided that both the Chamber Ensemble, or the Chamber Orchestra respectively, and the artistic director agree.
** some lessons and performances may take place in Uelzen and surrounding communities. Participants are responsible for their travel to Uelzen, Germany, themselves. The Summer Academy will provide detailed travel information on request.
The course fee is as follows:
650 Euros for participants who take lessons with one teacher. Furthermore, every confirmed participant will receive a stipend of (at least) 50 Euros, so the required payment per person is 600 Euros. Multiple courses cost 550 Euros per each chosen teacher (two courses = 1100 Euros, three courses = 1650 Euros etc.), and 550 Euros for each member of a participating chamber group. The respective course fee for each participant is all inclusive and there will be no refund if participants make use of only part of the offered service (in particular, but not limited to: late arrival, early departure, no collaboration with the Chamber Ensemble, or Chamber Orchestra).
3 – Application for more than one piano class is possible, provided that capacity allows. The full number of lessons for each respective teacher is guaranteed. Should the desired teacher (or teachers) be fully booked already, the applicant will be contacted by the Summer Academy and the application will be accepted for another available teacher. It is not possible to distribute the four lessons of a single masterclass among several teachers unless the Artistic Director offers so for organizational reasons.
Some members of the faculty may be present for only part of the Summer Academy period. However all participants will of course be entitled to the full service of the Summer Academy (see # 2) the entire time.
4 – Because of the Covid-19 situation we are unable to offer accomodation and meal service as in previous years. Participants are free in their decision how to book their own accomodation in Uelzen. We will help to find modestly priced accomodation. It is also possible and advised to consider commuting from Hamburg or Hanover to Uelzen for all lessons and rehearsals. Local trains are running constantly, and we will provide free bus tickets and bicycles to be mobile in Uelzen.
It is recommended that applicants inform the Summer Academy well ahead of time about their accomodation wishes, even though guarantees cannot be given by the organization. On request, accepted participants receive a list of all participants including email adresses in order to allow for arrangements for sharing rooms. Participants may also book their own accomodation at their own expense. The Summer Academy will provide a list of hotels and youth hostels on request.
5 – A Chamber Ensemble will be available to work with the participants. The following repertory may be prepared and performed by selected participants:
– Beethoven: Piano Quartet E flat major op. 16
– Beethoven: Piano Trio D major op. 70,1 (“Ghost”)
– Dvorak: Piano Quartet E flat major op. 87
– Mozart: Piano Trio G major K 564
– Farrenc: Piano Quintet No. 2 E major op. 31
– R.V. Williams: Piano Quintet c minor
The online application system will automatically display those chamber works which are available according to the chosen instrument.
A Chamber Orchestra will be available to work with the participants. The following repertory may be prepared and performed by selected participants:
– Mozart: Piano Concerto A major K 488
– Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 C major op. 15
– Mozart: Violin Concerto A major K 219
– Mozart: Violin Concerto G major K 216
– Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto D major
– Hindemith: Trauermusik
– Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto b minor
– Vanhal: Double Bass Concerto
6 – Applications are accepted online at www.summeracademyofmusic.com. The number of spaces for participants is limited – therefore, a preselection may be necessary, based on the submitted application material. Only for the piano masterclasses, a recording containing repertory freely chosen by the applicant needs to be submitted. We prefer Youtube links (or links to other free platforms) over CD, MD, DVD.
A request to all applicants: please make sure that the size of email attachments (photos, scans etc.) does not exceed the size of 1 MB.
In order to allow as many applicants as possible to participate, chamber music groups count as one participant unless solo lessons are taken as well. Nonetheless the reduced course fee is to be paid by each member
7 – The Summer Academy of Music can be reached at:
Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V.
D – 29511 Uelzen, Germany
Our banking details are:
Name of the bank: Sparkasse Uelzen-Lüchow-Dannenberg
Address of the bank: Veersser Strasse 42, 29525 Uelzen, Germany
IBAN: DE57 2585 0110 0230 0218 34
8 – The application deadline is July 10, 2020. The application is binding. It is only valid after all necessary documents (see # 6) have arrived and the application fee (as resulting from # 2) has been received by Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V. on its bank account (see #7). All applicants will be notified by email as soon as their application is complete and whether or not they have been accepted as participants. Upon request the Summer Academy will able to send letters of invitation prior to the application deadline to applicants who need extra time to apply for visa (you can let us know whether or not you will need a visa by clicking the respective button on the application form). Those letters of invitation however are provided for convenience and are not to be considered an official confirmation of participation yet. Applicants who have not been accepted will receive their application fee (less 50 Euros handling fee) back. Upon withdrawal by a participant, the application fee (less 50 Euros handling fee) will be refunded only if the course(s) booked by the applicant can be given to another applicant.
9 – For outstanding performances during the Summer Academy of Music, concert scholarships may be awarded following the Summer Academy. The artistic director and course teachers will deliberate upon prizes and concerts to be awarded.
10 – Place of jurisdiction is Uelzen. This English translation of the terms of condition has been provided for convenience. In case of any dispute, the German version shall be binding.