• The Arp Schnitger Academy

    August 4-9, 2024


    Multi-day masterclasses with Hans Davidsson, a leading expert in the music of the North German Baroque

    and workshops on keyboard technique (primarily clavichord) with Ulrika Davidsson




    August 4-9, 2024

    Matthias Weckman – 350th Anniversary, and the North German Organ School


    In 2000, the North German Baroque organ in Örgryte New Church, constructed in the style of Arp Schnitger (1648–1719), one of the most significant organ builders in history, was inaugurated. Arp Schnitger, active in North Germany, constructed over 150 organs. He was the first truly international organ builder, melding top-tier craftsmanship and sound quality with a larger production of instruments than any preceding organ builder. The distinctive Baroque organ in Örgryte New Church was constructed as a research project by organ builders from twelve countries in collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. It was designed in Schnitger’s style and serves as the focal point of the annual Arp Schnitger Academy (ASA), scheduled for August 4-9, 2024. This international academy hosts a limited number of participants who will study organ playing on the Baroque organ in Örgryte New Church under the guidance of Hans Davidsson. The focus in 2024 will be on the organ works of Matthias Weckman (c. 1616–1674) and repertoire from the North German organ school of the 17th century, selected by the participants.



    • Daily workshops featuring organ works from the repertoire list.
    • Presentations on various performance aspects (registration, rhetoric, accentuation, fingering, gesture, etc.).
    • Daily lecture-demonstrations on selected organ works by Matthias Weckman.
    • Workshops on keyboard technique (primarily clavichord) with Ulrika Davidsson.
    • Scheduled practice time on the meantone organs in Örgryte New Church (Arvidsson/van Eeken/Yokota 2000), Haga Church (Brombaugh 1992), and related keyboard instruments.
    • Participants' concerts in Örgryte New Church, Haga Church, and the Keyboard Center on the island of Bohus-Björkö.



    Matthias Weckman: choral works and free works.

    Free choice of works from the North German organ school (e.g., Sweelinck, Scheidemann, Tunder, G. Böhm, Buxtehude, Lübeck).



    The Arp Schnitger Academy is an international academy with a limited number of participants, capped at ten. Only active participants will be considered for acceptance. The academy primarily targets advanced organ students and professional organists, aiming to provide an inspirational event. Unfortunately, we may be unable to accept all applications.



    Please submit your application to camille.bloche@organacademy.se, indicating your interest in the Arp Schnitger Academy 2024 and including a brief CV, no later than June 3, 2024. All applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 10, 2024. We eagerly anticipate six days of inspiration at the unique North German Baroque organ in Örgryte New Church. Make connections with colleagues from across the globe in one of the premier international organ centers. Enjoy a visit to the Swedish west coast, the second-largest city in Sweden, and its stunning archipelago. We extend a warm invitation to attend the Arp Schnitger Academy 2024 and look forward to seeing you in Göteborg!


    In conjunction with the Arp Schnitger Academy you are also invited to participate in the Schiörlin Academy, August 11-14, 2024. It focuses on a remarkable collection of well-preserved Swedish 18th-century organs built by Pehr Schiörlin (1736-1806) around Linköping, approximately 3.5 hours from Göteborg. Participants in the ASA receive priority for Schiörlin Academy registration if they register by June 3, and there is no additional fee for ASA participants.



    4,200 SEK



    The Arp Schnitger Academy is organized in close collaboration with the parishes of Örgryte and Haga.