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The SummerMusicAcademy Orchestra was founded for young musicians to work together at the highest level on some of the greatest works in music literature. The orchestra’s vision and fundamental idea is to bring people from many different countries and nationalities together, in the hopes that this international atmosphere will build bridges between the participants – both musically and personally.


Richard Wagner
Prelude to »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg« WWV 96

Joseph Haydn
Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major Hob. VIIe: 1
Simon Höfele, Trumpet

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 6 in A major WAB 106


3 flutes (1 piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 2 percussions, 1 harp, violins, violas, violoncellos, double basses


The 26th annual SummerMusicAcademy will take place from 10th (first rehearsal) to 19th (last concert) August 2018, directly at Hundisburg Castle. The orchestra will arrive on 9th August. The departure is also possible on 20th August.


Hundisburg Castle lies North of Magdeburg, near Haldensleben in Saxony-Anhalt. First mentioned in 1140, the fortress was rebuilt into a Renaissance castle in the middle of the 16th century and complemented by baroque elements in the 18th century. Hundisburg, with its historically important park, is now one of the most significant and beautiful Baroque castles in Saxony-Anhalt.


It’s free! The SummerMusicAcademy grants each musician a scholarship covering travel costs from your home town 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 home town to Hundisburg and back. If you go by plane or train, please choose economy class. Drivers will get 0,20 € per kilometer but maximum 130,- €. We cannot pay for taxi rides.

You will be accommodated in three/four bedrooms at the »Schlossherberge«, the hostel of Hundisburg Castle.


The orchestra is under the direction of Johannes Klumpp, one of Germany’s most promising conductors of the new generation. He has been Musical Director of the SMA orchestra since 2007 and Artistic Director of the SMA festival since 2013. He is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra Essen.

From 2009 to 2011 Johannes Klumpp was »1st Kapellmeister« at the »Musiktheater im Revier« in Gelsenkirchen. He has won several prizes like the Special Prize of the »Deutscher Dirigentenpreis« in 2011. During his many concert activities, he has also been frequently invited as a guest conductor to work with various renowned orchestras like Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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