Alkmaar Orgelstad is the official website of the Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours 

Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours

Within the context of a competition and an academy, the 1511 organ built by Jan van Covelens, and the great Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger of 1646/1725 form a focal point for the interpretation of organ literature. 

With their sublime sounds and beautiful façades, the Alkmaar organs are among the very greatest ambassadors for the organ art. The great challenge to the participants of our festival is to allow these organs to sound at their best. The international jury and group of teachers play, in this regard, a stimulating and mediatory role in the learning process. A vital conceptual element of our festival, is the programming of unusual combinations and new compositions for historic organs, with the goal of reaching a new public. Through the commissioning of new compositions, and the programming of concerts for organ with choir, or electronics, we try to present the organ culture in a broader context.

The priorities therefore of the foundation are to present the famous historic organs of the Grote Sint Laurenskerk to the public in an unusually broad context, both locally and internationally, and to offer a podium to young professional organists. 

  The executive committee of the foundation consists of:
Adri Steenhoek chairman
Erica Hoorn secretary
Dietrik Emmens treasurer
Daniël van Horssen committee member
Gea Schilte committee member
Johan Knibbe committee member
  The Executive Board receives no renumeration for its activities
  The artistic committee consists of:
Pieter van Dijk City Organist of Alkmaar and Professor of Organ at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Hamburg
Otto de Jong Conductor of the Regionaal Jeugd Orkest Artiance
Frank van Wijk                      Organist in Alkmaar and Bergen (N-H)

Committee of Recommendation

The Foundation can count on the support from prominent representatives of public government and the world of music. They form the committee of recommendation, composed as follows:

Piet Bruinooge Mayor of Alkmaar
Michel Dispa Deputy-director Academy of Music Amsterdam
Bernard Foccroule                   Artistic director Festival d’Aix en Provence, former manager of Opera de Munt in Brussels.
Piet Kee Former city-organist of the City of Haarlem
Harry van de Kuijt Chairman Foundation "Friends of the Grote St. Laurens Church" Alkmaar
Christo Lelie Organist and music-journalist daily newspaper Trouw
Andrea Marcon Conductor Venice Baroque Orchestra
Martijn Sanders Former director Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Leen Spaans Former chairman Foundation Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours; chairman Historical Society Alkmaar
Jos van Veldhoven Conductor and artistic director Netherlands Bach Society.
Contact with the secretary

You can contact the secretary at the following address:

Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours
p/a E. Hoorn

Clarissenbuurt 9
1811 GB Alkmaar

Should you wish to make contact with any of the members of the artistic committee, please use the ‘contact’ page of this website.


The Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours (The International  Schnitger Organ Competition Foundation) was founded on the 27th of March, 1991.
Once again fulfilling its intended purpose, the foundation will, for the tenth time, organise a competition in June 2013. In addition an organ academy will take place for the twelth time. The combined event has become known as 'Orgelfestival Holland' and features Alkmaar's renowned collection of historic organs.

Between 1993 and 1997 it was not possible to organise a competition, although a concert series and academy did take place.

A full report of the last edition of 'Orgelfestival Holland', can be read here (pdf download) 

The financial report of the Foundation can be downloaded here (pdf download)



The foundation is registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Alkmaar under number S41240666 and is classified as a legal entity as mentioned in art. 24, subsection 4, of the law of Death Duties.

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