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European Youth Music Week is an annual summer course for advanced young instrumentalists aged 16 to 26, offering the chance to play great symphonic and chamber repertoire, whilst meeting like-minded people from across the globe.

Working with top orchestral conductors, students have the unique opportunity to be inspired and develop their instrumental and ensemble skills through experiencing challenging repertoire they would not normally encounter.

A unique feature of EYMW is that seating arrangements are not fixed.  A violinist is just as likely to find themselves leading a section as sitting on the back desk; or a flautist playing a challenging solo or doubling second flute.  This provides an equal opportunity for everyone to develop their orchestral playing.

European Youth Music Week

30 July - 6 August 2023, Sondershausen, Germany

Symphony Orchestra

An American in Paris

Symphony no.7


Flying Dutchman Overture


Three-Cornered Hat Suite no.2

Chamber Orchestra

Symphony no.3


Cosi fan Tutte Overture


Egmont Overture


Sigfried Idyll

String Orchestra


Wind, Brass & Percussion

arr. Stravinsky

Volga Boat Song

arr. Shostakovich

Two Scarlatti Sonatas


Note: repertoire is subject to change

Where and when

EYMW 2023 will take place in Sondershausen, Germany

Course venue


Thüringer Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen,, Lohberg 11, 99706 Sondershausen, Germany

The course and all rehearsals will take place at the Landesmusikakademie Thüringen, situated in the centre of the rural town of Sondershausen in Thüringen, Germany. The course will have exclusive use of all facilities in the music academy.


Participants will either stay onsite in the academy’s guesthouse or in a nearby hotel (ten minutes‘ walk).

Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be eaten at the cafeteria of the academy.


Sunday 6 August – the course officially finishes at 09:00 after breakfast, however participants can leave at any time after the concert to suit their travel needs.

Sunday 30 July – check-in between 16:00 and 19:20. First rehearsal will begin at 19:30.



Find out more about the people who run EYMW