Information & Registration

Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra

Ever since its founding in 1987 by Leonard Bernstein, the international Schleswig-Holstein Musik Orchestra has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. Every year it is formed newly: Young musicians from all over the world are given the opportunity to study and perform great works from the orchestral literature with famous conductors. The programs will be presented in concerts within the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Chamber Music and Seminars 

A team of principal players from top-rank German orchestras and professors from European music academies leads chamber music and sectional rehearsals. In addition seminars and workshops address different issues in career and personal development.

Accomodation & Rehearsals

Rendsburg is a lively old town situated one hour north of Hamburg between the river Eider and the Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). Here young people from around the world not only grow together as an orchestra, but they also form a social community. The »Nordkolleg« with its beautiful gardens and perfect facilities for accommodation and sectional rehearsals offers an ideal situation for a lively campus atmosphere. The tutti rehearsals take place in the inspiring surrounding of the »NordArt«, one of Europeans biggest exhibition for contemporary art. The experience of mutual understanding, the basic attitudes of respect and tolerance and the awareness that the world has become smaller in more ways than simply in terms of music – all these lie close to the heart of the Orchestral Academy.


After a successful audition, each musician will receive a grant to cover travel, bed and board and tuition expenses. Travel expenses will be paid from and to the place of study. The lowest rates for rail travel will be paid for travel from within Germany and from the immediate European surroundings. The Orchestral Academy will book flights on Lufthansa for travel from and to other countries.

Age limit

Musicians must be born after February 28, 1991

The participation is limited to 3 times

Registration deadline

December 1, 2017 for auditions in Europe, USA, South America; November 17, 2017 for auditions in Asia

Registration fee

40 €; for auditions in South America 10 €

For further questions please have a look at our FAQ


All dates are with reservation

Amsterdam: February 8th (strings and winds);  January 25th (percussion) 
Basel: January 7th (strings and winds)
Beijing: November 25th (strings)
Berlin: January 3rd & 4th (strings and winds); February 17th & 18th (percussion) 
Bloomington: February 3rd (strings)
Boston:  February 1st (strings, winds); January 29th (percussion)
Buenos Aires: December 19th & 20th (strings)
Cologne: February 28th (piano and harp)
Frankfurt: January 6th (strings and winds); February 9th (percussion) 
Hanover: January 11th (strings and winds)
Houston: February 5th (strings)
Leipzig: January 10th (strings and winds)
London: January 5th (strings and winds);  January 10th (percussion); February 7th (harp)
Los Angeles: February 6th (strings)
Madrid: February 10th & 11th (strings and winds)
Milan: February 12th (strings and winds)
Moscow: January 29th (strings and winds)
Munich: January 9th (strings and winds); February 5th (percussion)
New York: January 31st (strings and winds); January 31st & February 1st (percussion)
Paris: February 9th (strings and winds);  January 22nd (percussion)
Salvador de Bahia: December 16th & 17th (strings)
Santiago de Chile: December 13th & 14th (strings)
Sao Paulo: December 15th (strings)
Seoul: November 28th (strings);  January 3rd & 4th (percussion)
Taipei: November 26th (strings)
Tel Aviv: January 28th (strings and winds)
Tianjin: November 23rd (strings)
Tokyo: November 27th (strings)
Toronto: February 2nd (strings)
Vienna: January 8th (strings and winds);  Febraury 26th (harp)
Zaragoza: February 7th & 8th (percussion)

Winds In individual cases applicants can audition in those places marked only for strings. In such cases, the audition will be recorded and subsequently played back to the respective jury member.


Agnes Monreal (Head of the Orchestral Academy)
Strings Sonja van Beek (Hochschule für Musik Saar)
Ingrid Zur (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main)
Woodwinds Prof Johannes Peitz (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover)
Brass Prof. Stefan Geiger (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg)
Percussion Guido Rückel (Münchner Philharmoniker)
Harp Prof. Helga Storck (Münchner Philharmoniker, Karol-Szymanowski-Musikakademie  Katowice, Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and Mozarteum Salzburg)