Terms and Conditions

1 – The Winter Academy of Music is being presented by Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V.. It will take place in its 7th edition from December 1 – 3, 2023, and is primarily addressing music students and young musicians engaging in professional music education. It takes place in Uelzen, Germany, and surrounding communities. In principal, there is no upper age limit. However, music studies should not have been finished earlier than three years prior to the Winter Academy. The Artisic Director may make exceptions from this rule on an individual basis. All materials will be checked by a committee and applicants will be selected for participation according to their qualification.

2 – Applicants may choose between two (1 Alpers, 1 Goetzke) and four (2 Alpers, 2 Goetzke) lessons for their application. The course fee is 410 Euros for a two-lesson masterclass and 630 € for a four-lesson masterclass. It includes:

  • piano solo lessons as booked
  • on-campus accomodation (Youth Hostel standard)
  • full board
  • on-campus practising facilities at the music school of Uelzen
  • local transportation to lesson and concert venues.

Lessons and performances will take place in Uelzen and surrounding communities. All necessary local transportation will be organized according to need and will be free for the participants. Participants are responsible for their travel to Uelzen. The Winter Academy will provide detailed travel information on request. The course fee is all inclusive and there will be no refund if participants make use of only part of the offered service (for example, but not limited to: lesss meals due to late arrival or early departure etc.). A limited number of travel scholarships may be granted upon request.

3 – It is possible to commute to Uelzen (f.e. from Hamburg or Hanover), and for those who commute the Artistic Administration will adjust lesson schedules in order to help with individual needs. We recommend everybody to be in touch with us directly so that individual solutions can be found.

4 – All participants will self-test for Covid-19 before arriving to Uelzen. In case of a positive test, participation in the Winter Academy will not be possible Furthermore, any current Covid-19 rules regarding public health safety issued by the State of Lower Saxony will apply at all times.

5 – Applications are accepted online at www.summeracademyofmusic.com. As the number of spaces for participants is limited, a preselection may be necessary, based on the submitted application material. For this purpose, a video containing repertory freely chosen by the applicant needs to be submitted (either on Youtube or other free platforms). Applicants who are under age must provide a short statement of agreement of a parent or legal guardian.

A request to all applicants: please try to make sure that the size of email attachments (photos, scans etc.) does not exceed the size of 1 MB.

6 – The Summer Academy of Music can be reached at:

Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V.
Schulstrasse 13
29559 Wrestedt, Germany

Our banking details are:
Name of the bank | Sparkasse Uelzen-Lüchow-Dannenberg
Address of the bank | Veersser Strasse 42, 29525 Uelzen, Germany
IBAN | DE57 2585 0110 0230 0218 34

7 – The application deadline is November 10, 2023. The application is binding. It is only valid after all necessary documents (see # 5) have arrived and the application fee resulting from the desired number of lessons (410 or 630 Euros) has been received by Internationale Sommerakademie Lüneburger Heide e.V. on its bank account (see # 6). Money transfer fees will be paid by the applicant. All applicants will be notified by email as soon as their application has been received. They will be notified by November 25, 2023 whether or not they have been accepted as participants.

8 – It is the participants’ own responsibility to obtain visa if necessary. On request, the Winter Academy is able to send letters of invitation prior to the application deadline to applicants who need extra time to apply for visa. However, those letters will be provided for convenience and are not to be considered an official confirmation of participation yet.

9 – Applicants who have not been accepted will receive their application fee (less 50 Euros handling fee) back. Upon withdrawal by a participant, the application fee (less 50 Euros handling fee) will be refunded only if the space can be given to another applicant.

10 – Place of jurisdiction is Uelzen. This English translation of the terms of condition has been provided for convenience. In case of any dispute, the German version shall be binding.