Orchestra Academy 2021


The International SummerMusicAcademy Orchestra was founded for young musicians to work together at the highest level of quality on some of the greatest works in music literature. The fundamental idea and vision behind the orchestra is to bring people of various nationalities from many different countries together, to forge connections and build bridges – both musically and socially – in the setting of this international atmosphere in the beautiful German countryside.


Wolfgang A. Mozart Symphony No. 26 in E-flat Major K. 184
Wolfgang A. Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major K. 313
Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G Major »The Surprise« Hob I:94

Soloist Zofia Neugebauer, Flute


2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 french horns, 2 trumpets, 1 timpani, violins, violas, violoncellos, double basses


The orchestra academy of the 29th annual SummerMusicAcademy will take place from the 29th of July to the 8th of August 2021, within the walls of the beautiful Hundisburg Castle. Rehearsals start on the 30th, so arrivals are scheduled for the 29th of July. You may depart after the last concert in the evening of the 8th of August or leave on the 9th of August by 10 am.


It’s free! The SummerMusicAcademy grants each musician a scholarship covering travel costs from their hometown or place of residence as well as room and board. Additionally, each orchestra member receives a 300 Euro stipend for the programme’s duration.

We reimburse travel costs from your hometown to Hundisburg and back. If you go by plane or train, please choose economy class. Drivers will get 0,20 € per kilometer capped at 130,- €. We cannot pay for taxi rides.

You will be accommodated in shared bedrooms (of three or four) at the »Schlossherberge«, the hostel of Hundisburg Castle.


Hundisburg Castle is located in the heart of Germany on the hill of the medieval village of Hundisburg near Magdeburg. The vast gardens and parks of the baroque castle invite you to stroll and linger, and are ideal for practicing in nature and stargazing at night. The SMA‘s unique venues inside and outside the ancient castle complex add to the festival‘s special atmosphere. So is the former barn, which serves as a rehearsal and concert hall for the orchestra.


The academy orchestra is under the direction of Johannes Klumpp. He has been conducting the SMA orchestra since 2007 and has been Artistic Director of the SMA festival since 2013. He is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen and Artistic Director of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.

Johannes Klumpp has won several prizes such as the Special Prize of the »Deutscher Dirigentenpreis« in 2011. His CD productions of works by Wolfgang A. Mozart were received with high praise from critics and audiences alike. Moreover, he is frequently invited as a guest conductor to work with various renowned orchestras including the Gulbenkian Orchester Lisbon, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Find more detailed information at www.johannesklumpp.de.


If you have any further questions concerning the orchestra academy, please consult our ⟶ FAQ.


Application deadline was May 1st, 2021.

Given the current situation regarding the Corona pandemic, we keep the right to make changes to the orchestra size and program if necessary. In this case, all changes will be communicated immediately.