Orgelfestival Holland 2013

The 12th Organ Academy week

22 - 29 June

The 12th Organ Academy will be held during 22 - 29 of June and consists of workshops, masterclasses, concerts and excursions. Registration is possible either as an active or non-active participant. During the Academy, which is open to students and both professional and amateur organists, participants will enjoy extensive guidance from international specialists.

The repertoire for the academy has been chosen to demonstrate the relationship between the music and the special characteristics of the teaching organs.

The lessons will take place in the Grote St Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, using both world famous organs; the Van Covelens organ of 1511 and the 1646/1725 Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ. Classes will also be held on the beautiful Müller organs of the Lutherse Kerk (1755) and the Kapelkerk (1762) in Alkmaar, and the Grote Kerk in Beverwijk (1756). The academy provides therefore a unique opportunity for organists to gain experience in playing on some of Europe's most inspiring historic organs.


The faculty of the international organ academy will consist of renowned international organists:


Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Professor harpsichord and basso continuo at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. 


Pieter van Dijk, Professor of Organ at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater.


Arvid Gast , Director of the Church Music Institute at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck.


Joris Verdin, Organteacher at the Artesis College of Music in Antwerp (Conservatory) and professor of Organology at the University of Leuven.


Frank van Wijk, Organ teacher and organist of the Ruïnekerk in Bergen (NH)


Daniel Zaretsky, Professor of Organ at the St. Petersburg State University and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

The repertoire for the academy in 2013 consists of:

Susanne van Soldt manuscript

- Dance or Psalmsetting of choice


J.P. Sweelinck

- Fantasia or Toccata  of choice*

- Chorale variations of choice*

* with regard to manual compass Van Covelensorgel: FGA-g’’a’’


Johann Pachelbel

- Magnificatfugen of choice


J.S. Bach

- Neumeister Choräle (Choral of choice)

- Orgelbüchlein (Choral of choice)

- Chorals and Duets from: Clavierübung III

- Concerto transcription of choice: pedaliter 592-597 or manualiter 972-987

- Toccata of choice pedaliter BWV 538, 540, 564-566 or manualiter BWV 910-916)



During the Academie week two different types of pedal clavichords will be present for teaching and practicing. In the 17th and 18th century this kind of instruments were the practise instruments for the organist.

A. A reconstruction of a type from the second half of the 17th century (maker Dick Verwolf):

two manuals (compass upper one CDEFGA – c3, lower one C – c3, double-strung 2 x 8’, fretted, in mean tone temperament) and free pedal (compass C1D1E1 – d0, double-strung 2 x 16’, unfretted)

B. A clavichord after that by A.G. Oehme in Freiberg, around 1760 (maker Sander Ruys):

Lectures during the Academy

Monday 24th of June

13.00 Lutheran church

Lecture/Recital by Menno van Delft

‘From organ to clavichord and vice versa’


Thursday 27th of June

13 Lutheran church

Lecture by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher

‘The cantatas of J.S. Bach for organo obligato’


Friday 28th of June

14.00 Kapelkerk

Lecture by Gerben Gritter

'The Amsterdam Organ Builder Christian Müller - A Bach Contemporary from Central Germany'.


Saturday 29th of June

16.00 Kapelkerk

Lecture by Prof.Dr. Albert Clement

‘The Third part of the Clavierübung: Bach’s Magnum Opus for the organ’

The working language during the Academy will be English.


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The registration for the Academy  will be open from the 1st of November 2012 untill the 31st of May 2013

The registration fee for the academy week (including access to all the concerts) is € 295,-

Participants of the Academy week are advised to arrange appropriate insurance against accident, illness, theft, damage to possessions, etc. The Organisation cannot accept any responsibility for such events.

Academy programme

Monday 24 June

8.30 am

9:00 - 12:00 am

1:00 pm
2:00 - 4:00 pm

8:00 pm
Grote St. Laurenskerk
Reception of the Academy participants in the vestry of the Grote St. Laurenskerk.

Masterclass by Pieter van Dijk and Frank van Wijk "The alkmaar organ as a Bach-organ"

Lutherse kerk
Lecture / Recital by Menno van Delft "From organ to clavichord and vice versa"
Masterclass Menno van Delft

Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Organ concert
- "Inspiration from Lübeck" by Arvid Gast, the organist of the Jacobikirche in Lübeck
- "Trip to Weissenfels" by Daniel Zaretsky from St Petersburg

Tuesday 25 June

9:00 - 12.00 am

1:00 pm

2.00 - 5:00 pm

7:00 pm
Grote St. Laurenskerk
Masterclass by Joris Verdin

Lutherse kerk
Lecture by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher "The cantatas of J.S. Bach for obligaat orgel"

Alkmaar ( Kapelkerk en Lutherse kerk), Beverwijk and Zaandam

2nd Round of the Organ Competition

Wednesday 26 June

9:00 - 12.00 am

2.00 - 5:00 pm

8:00 pm
Grote St. Laurenskerk
Masterclass by Arvid Gast

Alkmaar ( Kapelkerk en Lutherse kerk), Beverwijk and Zaandam

Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Organ concert
"Ich dachte diese Kunst wäre ausgestorben...!"
by Theo Jellema, organist of the Grote or Jacobijnerkerk in Leeuwarden

"Leipzig, Craftmanship is mastership"
by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, organist of the Predigerkirche in Basel

Thursday 27 June

9:00 am

1:00 pm

2:00 - 4:00 pm

8:00 pm
On the Occasion of the "Rusland - Nederland Year" visit to Zaandam
- visit of the Czaar Peter's house
- visit to Flentrop Organ builders

Bullekerk Zaandam
Lecture by Daniel Zaretsky "Bach and St. Petersburg"

Masterclass by Daniel Zaretsky

Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Young People's Concert
A musical evening for and by young people with music, dance and theatrical performances, by Artiance Centre for the Arts and the Regional Youth Orchestra Artiance

Friday 28 June

9:00 - 11.00 am

2.00 - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm

7:00 pm
Grote St. Laurenskerk
Masterclass by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher

Alkmaar ( Kapelkerk en Lutherse kerk), Beverwijk and Zaandam

Lecture by Gerrit Gritter 'The Amsterdam Organ Builder Christian Müller - A Bach Contemporary from Central Germany'

Grote St. Laurenskerk
Finals of the Organ Competition

Saturday 26 June

9.00 - 12.00 am

0.00 pm

4:00 pm

8.00 pm
In the Grote St. Laurenskerk
Preparation for the Academy concert by participants of the Academy

Lunch concert by Academy participants and official closure of the Academy

Lecture by Prof. Dr.Albert Clement
"The third part of the Clavierübung: Bach's Magnum Opus for the organ"

Grote Sint Laurenskerk
Final Concert
"An Organ concert in 1739"
Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Arvid Gast, Daniel Zaretsky, Pieter van Dijk
and Frank van Wijk play pieces from Bach's Clavierübung part III (Great Organ Mass) together with the Amsterdam Vocaal Ensemble Duodektet directed by Christiaan Winter

The academy of the Orgel Festival Holland 2013 is being organised by:
Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours

Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours is registered under number S 41240666, Chamber of Commerce Alkmaar - the Netherlands




Participants of the Academy


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