TOPPENKURSET – International Summer Academy & Festival of Music 2017 will take place at Vefsn Folkehøgskole, Toppen, 3rd to 9th of July. The Festival will have about 15 different concerts.

Application deadline: 1st April

We are applying for financial support from different fundations and cultural exchange programs. This gives us the opportunity to offer foreign participants reduced fees and travel costs. Please write in the application if  your participation is dependant on this.

Toppen Symphonic Orchestra:  A full symphonic orchestra conducted by Nicholas Carthy. This year we have Dvorak’s 9th symphony «New World» and the Karelia ouverture by Sibelius on the programme.

Chamber Orchestra:  The chamber orchestra will also have big challenges and nice music, although it will not be on the symphonic orchestra’s high level. This year one of the main works will be the Organ concerto by Poulenc. Please tell us your wishes! This is an extra offer, and will have the rehearsals inbetween the main orchestras rehearsal times.

Youth Chamber Orchestra: For those between the Junior orchestra and the symphonic orchestra in level. Approx. 10-13 years of age, but mostly depending on playing skills. The repertoire will be «The Spring» from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, and «Prelude» from the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg.

Junior Orchestra:  For children approx. 6-10 years of age (depending more on your level than of your age).
This year the repertoire will be «The Carnival of the Animals» by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Contact us if you are unsure about which orchestra that fits you best!

Piano course:  The course is for children and youth on different levels, also master-classes. Piano may be your main instrument or your secondary instrument. As a pianist you may also join the improvisation group and/or chamber music groups.

Organ course: The course is organized by Kirkemusikksenter Nord in cooperation with Vefsn Unge Strykere. Our focus is on developing ensemble playing skills, with other instrumentalists, small chamber groups and chamber orchestra.
This course begins already on June 30th, and will end with a grand organ concert the 6th of July. It is possible to stay some days longer to take part in the end of the other courses at Toppen. The application deadline is the 1st of June, and we have space for 6 organists in the age of 8 to 26. Of the six participants, one will get the opportunity to play the organ concerto by Francis Poulenc with full orchestra. To apply, please send us a recording of yourself. The chosen soloist will get their travel expenses reimbursed and a scholarship to cover the participation fee. For the other participants, please see the ordinary prices and conditions of Toppenkurset.

Between the rehearsals for orchestras, piano and organ classes, you may choose to attend some other courses, according to your wishes. You may sign up for these offers after your arrival.

Individual lessons: You may have private lessons with an outstanding professor during the course, if you want. It will then be very important for your teacher that you decide in advance and tell her/him beforehand what you wish to play!

Master classes: There will also be open master classes for string and wind instruments, organ and piano.

Chamber music: We are lucky to have the Engegård Quartet as Ensemble in residence, and in addition to playing concerts, they will also teach some of the chamber music ensembles. Some of the participants may receive sheet music from us beforehand, but we are also open to fit together ensembles during the course. Please remember: Bring with you your sheet music for solo works or chamber music that you want to play during the course, or study assisted by your teacher. There is possibility for piano accompaniment for strings and winds. So remember to bring piano sheet music for your solo works, too!