General Information


  • Locations

    Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck,
    An der Untertrave 1 | 23552 Lübeck

    University of Music Lübeck,
    Große Petersgrube 21 | 23552 Lübeck

    further locations will be announced

  • Dates

    September 20th – 23rd 2021
    Beginning on Monday, September 20th , 3.30 p.m.
    End on Thursday, September 23rd, 8 p.m.

  • Costs

    The course fee is 150 €.
    Costs for travel, accommodation (youth hostel, hotel, etc.) and meals are to be covered by the participants.

  • Accommodation

    We have booked accommodation for you in 2 – 4-bed-rooms (no single rooms) incl. breakfast from 09/20 (arrival) to 09/24 (departure) at the youth hostel DJH Lübeck-Altstadt. The total cost for the 4 nights and breakfast is 108 Euro. Please plan lunch and dinner individually.

    If you want to register for the youth hostel, please do so in the application form. If you will be invited to the course, this is considered binding. Subsequent registrations may not be accepted due to the limited contingent.

  • Ensemble scores

    The ensembles will be formed after we have selected the participants. You will receive the sheet music in due time.

  • Other

    The course simultaneously functions as selection procedure for the participation in the concerts of the European Hanseatic Ensemble the following year.


  • Application deadline

    Complete the online application form and send the audio material until May 16th 2021 (via WeTransfer or Dropbox to our office:

  • Number of participants

    The number of participants in the masterclasses will be limited to 7 per class.

  • Age restriction

    The course is aimed at young musicians who will be under the age of 32 in September 2021.

  • Selection

    The teachers will decide on your participation in the course based on the evaluation of the provided audio/video files.

    All applicants will be informed about possible participation by June 15th 2021 at the latest. If you are selected, we kindly request that you pay the course fee by July 15th 2021. Upon receipt of the fee (bank details will be provided later), your registration will be considered finalised and binding.

    If the course fee is not received by July 15th 2021, we reserve the right to offer your place to another applicant.

  • Audio/video files and pieces for the masterclass

    Please state in your application which two pieces of European music from the 16th or 17th century you will be preparing for the course (a connection to the hanseatic cities is not necessary). They do not have to be the same as in the audio/video files.


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European Hanseatic Ensemble

The teachers of the masterclasses 2021 will select around 15 participants who will form the European Hanseatic Ensemble and will tour hanseatic cities in the summer of 2022 under the artistic direction of Manfred Cordes.

If you are selected to be part of the European Hanseatic Ensemble 2022, your course fee will be refunded. Rehearsal time and concert days will be remunerated at a daily rate. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

The rehearsal period and concert tour will take place in the summer of 2022. The exact dates will be announced in late 2021.

The specific concert programme for 2022 will be adapted to the structure of the ensemble, thus will be developed after the selection of the ensemble members. The goal is a balanced distribution of singers, string, wind and continuo players which will allow the performance of multi-choral works.

European Hanseatic Ensemble 2020, Photo: Olaf Malzahn