From the autumn of 2011, the Göteborg International Organ Academy will take on a new role to support new Masters Program in Göteborg. The Organ Academy will still be an international festival inviting all those interested in organ research, building and performance to a meeting place with concerts workshops and seminars. But now it will be annual, and the first Organ Academy in its new form will take place from 15-18 September under the theme “The British Organ in the Nineteenth Century”.
Since 1994, there have been summer organ academies every other year in Göteborg. The Göteborg International Organ Academy has grown into a well-known meeting place for instrument builders, musicologists, teachers, performers, and students gathered around our shared love and appreciation for the art of the organ. These organ academies have been organized by the Göteborg Organ Art Center in cooperation with the Academy of Music and Drama, and made possible by the administration of a tirelessly working independent association of friends and supporters at GIOA (the Göteborg International Organ Academy Association) with generous financial support from the City of Göteborg. The Göteborg International Organ Academies have focused on the growing organ landscape of Göteborg, celebrating the inauguration of a new instrument or the restoration of a significant historical one every two years for the last decade and a half. The Organ Academy has been an important driving force in turning Göteborg into the treasured landscape of organ culture that it has become.
In 2011, GOArt and the Academy of Music and Drama are integrating, and there are already two concrete results of this new partnership. First we are pleased to announce that starting in the autumn of 2011, we are launching a new two-year masters program in organ performance and research. In order to support this dynamic development in organ education, the Organ Academy will expand its role and become an annual event within the academic year.
The Organ Academy will still be an international festival inviting all those interested in organ research, building and performance to a meeting place with concerts workshops and seminars. But now it will be annual, and the first Organ Academy in its new form will take place from 15-18 September. “The British Organ in the Nineteenth Century” will celebrate the 1871 Father Henry Willis organ in Örgryte New Church, a three manual and pedal instrument with 31 stops and an original swell mechanism, as well as the newly restored Walker organ in Christ the King Catholic Church from 1907, with three manuals and pedal and 55 stops making it not only the newest but the largest addition to the Göteborg organ landscape in a decade. Our keynote speaker will be the internationally renowned organ scholar Peter Williams, and the festival will include concerts, masterclasses, and an English Evensong, as well as lectures with afternoon tea! Plan to join us in “Little London” in Göteborg in September.