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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 the beautiful German countryside, within the international atmosphere of the festival.


Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 97 »Rhenish«
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor op. 98


2 flutes (1 doubling on piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 4 french horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 timpani, 1 percussion, violins, violas, violoncellos, double basses


The orchestra academy of the 30th annual SummerMusicAcademy will take place from July 21st to August 1st 2022, within the walls of beautiful Hundisburg Castle. Rehearsals start on the 22nd, so arrivals are scheduled for the 21st of July. You may depart after the last concert in the evening of the 31st of July or leave on the 1st 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 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 significant park, is now one of the most beautiful Baroque castles in Germany.


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

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.

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All applications must be admitted no later than the 1st of May 2022. Participation will be confirmed by the 15th of May 2022.

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.