Academy 2021


The 2021 Academy will focus on Johann Sebastian Bach, the musician who, more than any other, incorporated in his experience a wide range of compositional techniques, various styles and tastes, and developed the most complex contrapuntal constructions. Bach, indeed, represents the Parnasso of Fantasy.

Where and When

The 2021 Academy will be held from July 27 to August 10. The first part (27-30 July) will take place in Germany (Naumburg, Leipzig, Erfurt, Waltershausen, Mechterstaedt, Arnstadt, Lahm), in the towns hosting the organs played by Johann Sebastian Bach; the second part will be held in Smarano (TN - IT) from 31 July to 10 August 2021.

Courses and Teachers

The Academy is characterized by individual and collective work on improvisation and repertoire.
The teachers of the 2021 edition are: Enrico Baiano, Edoardo Maria Bellotti, Armando Carideo, Ulrika Davidsson, Pieter Dirksen, Arvid Gaast,
Lorenzo Ghielmi, Pamela Ruiter Feenstra, William Porter and Joel Speerstra.

Why choose Us

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, active participants will be required to attend the whole Academy which will be held from 27 July to 9 August 2021 in
Smarano (IT), Thuringia and Leipzig (DE).

No, non-active participants will not be required to attend the whole Academy.

Each active participant is due to prepare a repertoire that will published by the end of January.

After the application's approval, we will send you the list of the accomodation facilities in Smarano and Germany affiliated with us (hostels, B&B, hotels). We will take care of the reservation.

The admittance will be confirmed upon payment of the application fee that is due within 15 days from the confirmation.

The fee includes the courses, 4 hours of individual practice / coaching per day, tuition materials, certificate of attendance, accident insurance, transfers in Germany and the Germany - Smarano trip (by bus).

No, but practising instruments may be available for a limited extent.

Yes, when you will complete the Academy, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What people say about us

One of our students

Very high academic level. Exceptional teachers. Inspiring classes. Friendly atmosphere. Wonderful collegiality between students and faculty.

one of our students

Smarano International Organ Academy was the best summer academy that I have ever attended, and I have attended a lot! Full of good teachers and great people.

one of our students

The greater strenght of Smarano Academy is the wide diversity of available instruments and teachers who are each experts in a particular field.