1 – The Summer Academy of Music is being presented by Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V.. It will take place in its 12th edition from July 22 – August 2, 2021, 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. There is no age limit in the Amateur Masterclass category. 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) the booked number of lessons (at least four) with one or, according to instrument, several teachers
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 piano coaching according to schedule and availability
e) Alexander Technique and performance coaching according to schedule and availability
f) local transportation**
g) practising facilities at the music school of Uelzen
h) 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.
NEW 2021: Participants in the masterclasses piano and violin may choose and distribute their lessons freely among all available teachers. Packages of two, four, or six lessons are available for each teacher (for piano: Hinrich Alpers, Sheila Arnold, and Bernd Goetzke; for violin: Stefan Hempel and Stephan Picard). The only requirement is to choose at least four lessons in total. For double bass, four or six lessons with Nabil Shehata can be chosen.
3 – The course fee is 650 Euros for a four-lesson masterclass. Each extra unit of two lessons costs 300 Euros (six lessons = 950 Euros etc.). The fee for each member of a participating chamber group is 550 Euros. 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).
Some members of the faculty may be present for only part of the Summer Academy period. The lesson schedule will be adapted accordingly for each participant, and all participants will of course be entitled to the full service of the Summer Academy (see # 2) the entire time, regardless of the attendance of their respective teachers.
4 – Because of the Covid-19 situation we are unable to offer accomodation and meal service like in previous years. Participants are free in their decision how to book their own accomodation in Uelzen. We will help to find accomodation, especially in modest price range, and we offer to distribute lessons within a shorter time frame (double lessons are possible, too) in order to save unnecessary costs. 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 free of charge to be mobile in Uelzen.
It is recommended that applicants inform the Summer Academy well ahead of time about their accomodation plans so that we can help if needed!
5 – Faculty members and chamber music partners will be available to work with the participants in mixed chamber groups. With the accomodation we are not only asking for each applicants interest in chamber music but already for specific works which – according to demand – may be rehearsed and performed by selected participants in up to two Chamber Music concerts:
– Mozart: Piano Trio in E major K 542
– Mozart: Piano Quartet in g minor K 478
– Mozart: String Quintet in C major K 515
– Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major op. 1,1
– Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major op. 70,2
– Hummel: Piano Quintet (with Double Bass) after the Septet in d minor op. 74
– Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major “Trout”
– Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet in b minor op. 3
– Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major op. 44
– Brahms: String Sextet in B flat major op. 18
– Brahms: Piano Quartet in g minor op. 25
– Brahms: Piano Quintet in f minor op. 35
– Dvorak: String Quintet (with Double Bass) op. 77
– Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major op. 81
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 C major K 415
– Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 C major op. 15
– Mozart: Violin Concerto A major K 219
– Mozart: Violin Concerto D major K 218
– Koussevitzky: Double Bass Concerto f sharp minor
– Vanhal: Double Bass Concerto
– Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto D major
– Hindemith: Trauermusik
6 – Applications are accepted online at www.summeracademyofmusic.com. The number of spaces and total number of available lessons 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 (possible in increments of two lessons, according to #3 above). 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.
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, 2021. The application is binding. It is only valid after all necessary documents (see # 6) have arrived and the application fee (as resulting from # 3) 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.