• The Arp Schnitger Academy &

    The Arp Schnitger Youth Academy

    August 9-15, 2020

    Multi-day masterclasses with Hans Davidsson, a leading expert in the music of the North German Baroque

    NEW: Two classes

    - The Arp Schnitger Academy

    - The Arp Schnitger Youth Academy



    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the north German baroque organ in Örgryte new church built according to the style of Arp Schnitger (1648–1719), one of the most important organ builders in history. Arp Schnitger, who was active in north Germany, built more than 150 organs. He was the first truly internationally active organ builder, combining the highest quality in craft and sound with a larger output of instruments than any earlier organ builder.


    The unique baroque organ in Örgryte New Church, built in the 1990s as a research project by organ builders from twelve countries and in collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, was conceived in Schnitger’s style, and it will be the center of the Arp Schnitger Academy, which will take place August 9-15, 2020. It is an international academy for a limited number of participants, who will study organ playing at the baroque organ in Örgryte New Church under the guidance of Hans Davidsson.


    In 2020, the focus will be the music of Matthias Weckman (c. 1616–1674) and Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637–1707).


    New this year, is the addition of a class for young organists:

    - The Arp Schnitger Academy

    - The Arp Schnitger Youth Academy



    – Daily workshops featuring organ works by Buxtehude and Weckman (see repertoire list)
    – Presentations on various performance aspects (registration–rhetoric–accentuation–fingering–gesture etc)
    – Lectures on Arp Schnitger’s life, work and sound concept
    – Workshops on keyboard technique (primarily clavichord)
    – Scheduled practice time on the meantone organs in Örgryte New Church (Arvidsson/van Eeken/Yokota 2000), the Haga church (Brombaugh 1992) and related keyboard instruments
    – Participant’s concerts in Örgryte New Church; Haga Church and the keyboard center on the island of Bohus-Björkö



    Matthias Weckman (c. 1616-1674):
    – Toccata ex D
    – Preambulum Primi toni a 5 (ex D)
    (recommended edition: Gehrmans Förlag, CG6873, gehrmans.se
    – O lux beata trinitas
    – Ach wir armen Sünder
    – Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
    (recommended edition: Bärenreiter Verlag, BA 6211, baerenreiter.com
    Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637–1707):
    – Preludium in C (BuxWV 137)
    – Preludium in D (BuxWV 139)
    – Preludium in e (BuxWV 152)
    – Preludium in e (BuxWV 142)
    – Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (BuxWV 188)
    (recommended edition: Broude, Part 1 and 2, ed. Michael Belotti)


    – Free choices of works by Weckman and Buxtehude




    - The Arp Schnitger Academy

    The Arp Schnitger academy is an international academy for a limited number of participants. The maximum number of participants is ten. Only active participants are going to be considered for acceptance. The academy is primarily aimed to be an inspirational event for advanced organ students and professional organists. Accordingly, we are unfortunately not able to accept all applications.


    - The Arp Schnitger Youth Academy

    However, this year we also offer a class for younger players, the Arp Schnitger Youth Academy, with a particular interest in the North German baroque art. The maximum number of participants in this class is also ten.



    Please send your application to hans.davidsson@organacademy.se, stating whether you are applying for the ARP SCHNITGER ACADEMY or for the ARP SCHNITGER YOUTH ACADEMY, including a short CV, no later than July 1. All applicants are going to be notified concerning acceptance by July 10, 2020.


    We look forward to six inspirational days focused on the music by Weckman and Buxtehude and the soundscape of the unique North German baroque organ in Örgryte new church. Make friends with colleagues from around the world in one of the leading international organ centers. Enjoy a visit to the Swedish West coast, the second largest city of Sweden and its beautiful archipelago. It is our pleasure to extend a warm invitation to the Arp Schnitger Academy 2020! We look forward to seeing you in Göteborg!



    The Schnitger academy focuses on the opportunity for professional organist to work with the unique four-manual mean-tone organ in Schnitger-style in Örgryte new church. The number of participants is limited to maximum 10. In accordance with the recommendations from the Swedish health authorities to minimize the risk for infection of Covid-19, the work this year is going to follow the following guide lines: only one one player att eh console with the instructor in a distance of 2 meters. All other participants follow the work from the balcony with a physical distance of 2 meters or from a screen with a video transmission in the large sanctuary of the church. The church seats 500 people and nobody else has access to the sanctuary during the academy. Only participants who are free of any symptoms are allowed to participant, and requested to keep distance and to wash their hand frequently, including before they play the organ. We are aware that it may be difficult or impossible to travel from many countries to the academy this year and regret that. We will document in video relevant parts of the academy.



    The Arp Schnitger Academy and the Arp Schnitger Youth Academy are organized in close collaboration with the parishes in Örgryte and Haga.

  • The Schiörlin Academy August 16-18, 2020

    Welcome to the Schiörlin Academy 2020 where the point of departure is the unique collection of eighteenth-century organs built by Pehr Schiörlin (1736-1815) in the parish of Gammalkil and Slaka (diocese of Linköping).