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Time of Music Summer Academy

Many thanks for the received applications to our summer courses!

Due to the current global Corona virus situation, it is clear that many people feel uncertain about making plans for the upcoming summer. Time of Music will therefore keep the course applications open for late applicants until April 15th, so that the opportunity is not lost for those who wish to still consider participation after seeing how the situation evolves within the upcoming month.

We are hopeful, that due the measures taken by different global authorities, the situation will look better by late June. In that case, by late June, the need for art, exchange, collaboration, learning, and meeting in person will be of higher importance than ever. We are optimistic about making this possible and look forward to a summer of exchange in a cozy and secure environment that Time of Music is well known for.

We will soon start to evaluate the already received applications and reply to applicants by the end of this month.

Collaborative Music Creation: June 30th – July 5th, 2020. Ages 35 or below.

Contemporary Piano: June 30th – July 5th, 2020. Ages 35 or below.

Curating Diversity: June 29th – July 5th, 2020. Ages 40 or below.

In the the summer of 2020, Time of Music will once again offer interesting opportunities to study contemporary music and for the first time, curating, with the world’s first and foremost composers, pedagogues and musicians. We welcome all interested music students and young professionals, both composers and musicians, as well as arts management professionals, to deepen their knowledge of the classics of contemporary music, curatorship, and enhance their skills in composition and improvisation. All courses will be taught in English.

The application period for the courses is open until April 15th, 2020.

Click the link of the course you are interested in to find out more about the course. Below you will find general information regarding all of the courses, Viitasaari, how to get there, accommodation etc.
Course in Collaborative Music Creation / Process Composition with Sandeep Bhagwati and Catherine Milliken
Contemporary piano course with Marilyn Nonken
Curating Diversity Course with Julia Gerlach, Vidgis Jakobsdottir, Tarek Atoui, and Du Yun

FEES: Course fee for active participants is 280 € (curating course) or 250 € (other courses). The fee includes participation in the course, open lessons and workshops, and free entrance to all of the festival concerts.

We also offer a chance to take part as a passive student in the piano course and collaborative music creation course. With a fee of 100 €, you can participate to the course as a listener, but you will not be able to take any private lessons. The passive participant fee does not include free entrance to the festival concerts.

ACCOMMODATION: The accomodation will be in dormitory-like conditions in different locations nearby the key locations. In most cases, we will accommodate two persons per room. The accomodation fee is 230 € per person (curating course) or 200 € per person (other courses) for the whole course period. You can also arrange your own accommodation if desired.

TRAVEL: Participants will cover their own travel costs. Time of Music Festival will arrange one bus transportation from Helsinki to Viitasaari. Details and bus fee will be published later.

MEALS: The festival does not offer meals to participants.

SHEET MUSIC: Course participants will bring their own sheet music if needed.

DEADLINE: Send your application as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is 15th of April. No late applications will be accepted. For more information, contact the festival’s Artistic Director Johan Tallgren, johan.tallgren(at)

SELECTION PROCESS: The participants will be selected based on the applications by Artistic Director Johan Tallgren and the teachers of the courses.

The acceptance decisions will be final, and the selection process or decision making will not be made public. Decisions will be announced by April 15th at latest.

We reserve the right to make changes to the above.

Sign up for the course of your interest here: Registration for Time of Music Summer Academy 2020.