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European Summer Course for Chamber Music

The Orlando European Summer Course for Chamber Music (OESC) aims at bringing together the most talented young chamber musicians in the age range from 18 to 32 years. A shared common interest in European cultural heritage and a constant striving for excellence are important conditions to participate. OESC wants to raise interest in, and quality of, European chamber music life as well as to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences.

OESC focuses on the broadening of knowledge and experience in several diverse aspects of classical music life. This includes lessons, open masterclasses and workshops in musical topics, such as HIP (historically informed performance) in relation to the standpoints of the present performance practice, as well as in useful techniques like efficient rehearsal methods, knowledge of ways of learning, and how to manage physical and mental stress.

OESC goals are:

  • offering intensive talent development on an international basis
  • raising interest for chamber music
  • protecting and promoting European cultural heritage
  • raising the public interest for this heritage and its performance practice
  • stimulating transnational exchange of music culture
  • promoting European integration amongst participants, teachers and audiences.

OESC Young artists:

  • participate in a daily masterclass of 75 minutes
  • participate in at least one workshop of 75 minutes per day
  • receive at least two instrumental lessons of 75 minutes during the course
  • perform in a minimum of 4 concerts, including some radio broadcasts
  • will have their own ensemble room, with piano if applicable
  • will have access to individual practice rooms.

OESC lessons and masterclasses include:

  • score analysis
  • (critical) reading of (Urtext-) editions
  • analysis of form and harmony in ensemble rehearsal
  • choice of tempo, use of metronome
  • efficient rehearsal techniques
  • tuning, types of intonation
  • listening while playing
  • explorations of voicing and balance
  • cueing, leading (and avoiding cueing and leading)
  • articulation, phrasing, different types of rubato
  • tone production, projection, dealing with acoustics
  • use of vibrato, exploring different methods
  • unity in style, uniformity versus individuality
  • how to voice criticism without harming your companions
  • seating
  • stage manners

OESC workshops focus on

  • communication within the ensemble; an introduction to NLP (neurolinguistic programming)
  • improvisation
  • voice development and inner hearing (finding your voice)
  • posture, kinesiology, in connection to tone production
  • managing stage fright and limiting beliefs; an introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

OESC offers daily Yoga and/or Qi Gong classes.

OESC is convinced that these workshops with their introductions and special topics will lead to a fuller profile of the young musicians.

The focus on this broad choice of educational topics is unique in Europe. It does not exist in such a degree at any of the European conservatories, certainly not during one semester, in one location and in such effective connection.

Enlisting and criteria

OESC is designed for ensembles consisting of Bachelor and Master students, and for young professional chamber music ensembles (from duo to nonet, for all classical instrumentalists).


  • Enrolment in (or recently graduated from) a conservatory
  • Age between 18 and 32 years, on September 1 of the year of the course
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers/performers
  • Video link of 30 minutes with contrasting repertoire ( in case of lack of ensemble sessions, please supply individual video links
  • A minimum of 50 minutes of repertoire, ready for performance.

Enrolment starts with an E-mail message to Artistic Director Henk Guittart at: He will then guide you through the application process.


The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by Friday, June 4, 2021.


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