Thurs 28th July to Sunday 31st July 2016
on the 1780 Holzhey Organ in Obermarchtal Monastery

Course Leader Johannes Mayr

Invitation is extended to organists and organ fans irrespective of age and level.
You can choose:
participation as active player, or passive listener
free choice of speciality from early Baroque to early Romantic and Improvisation
instruction daily on the Holzhey Organ and plenty of time for practice, conversations and meetings. 


Trip to Ochsenhausen (Gabler Organ 1728, 1755 ) and to Rot a.d. Rot (Holzhey Organ 1793).

Public recital by course leaders and participants in Obermarchtal

Course language: German / English

Course fees: € 150 active / € 120 passive

Accommodation in the Culture House of Obermarchtal Monastery from € 29,00 bead and breakfast


Johannes Mayr

born 1963, 1981-1987 studied catholic church music in Stuttgart, under, among others Rudolf Walter, Ludger Lohmann and Willibald Bezler. 1990-2001 full-time church musician and dean in Bad Wurzach,

2001 to 2011 in Stuttgart (St. Fidelis), 2004 onwards regional cantor. 1992 to 2007 lecturer in liturgical organ playing/improvisation in Augsburg (Leopold-Mozart-Conservatory/ Nürnberg-Augsburg College of Music). 2004 onwards lectureship in Organ literature and organ liturgy playing at the Tübingen College of Church Music. 2009 onwards teacher of organ improvisation at College of Music Stuttgart.

2011 onwards Cathedral Organist at the Co-cathedral St. Eberhard Stuttgart.

From 1991 organ expert for the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. His research over many years in to especially the organ landscape of Upper Swabia have appeared in many publications.

As an organ improviser he has received numerous awards:
Prizewinner "Organ playing in church service" Rottenburg (1988),
South West Broadcasting Company organ improvisation competition
International Organ Improvisation Competition on contemporary art "Metamorphosis of Form"
Regensburg (1998).
First prize: European Organ Improvisation Competition Schwäbisch Gmünd (1989),
International Organ Improvisation Competition Montbrison/France 1991
International Organ Competetion "Organ without frontiers" Dudelange/Luxemburg 2009.



OAO – Organ Academy Upper Swabia


established in 2004 as a summer meeting place for organists from all over the world, young and old , professionals and beginners

Lecturers and course leaders since 2004: Dr. Michael Belotti, Prof. Dr. Busch, Prof. Jürgen Essl, Prof. Dr. Hoyer, Prof. Gerhard Gnann, Johannes Mayr, Franz Raml

Participants in the last 12 years from Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, USA.

OAO – South German Playing Style on especially historical organs, historical playing styles, baroque beauty of space and sound, study days, recitals, organ viewings, international meetings.

Co-operation with ISAM - International Summer Academy of Music.


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