International conference on the topics


… in its meaning of repertoire!

Steven Walter, artistic director of the Podium Esslingen and designated artistic director of the Beethovenfest Bonn, and Tamara Kohler from “Contemporary Music for All (CoMA)” will give initial impulses on this topic.

The conference participants are invited to discuss these issues in workshops.

How do we choose our concert programme?
What practical and immaterial conditions do we have to consider?
What do we have to offer the audience?


… and synergies between amateur and professional orchestras and musicians on an international level.

The status quo in amateur orchestras worldwide and existing models from the USA and Eastern Europe will be presented at the conference.

A good practice of sustainable and successful orchestra tutorships will be discussed.

The cooperation of amateur music with musical educational institutions (e.g. music colleges, universities) will be focused on in a panel discussion on educational opportunities and professional perspectives.


… as a social impact of music making and as a basis for future visions of amateur orchestras on a global stage.

Impulses from various regions of the world (expected from Afghanistan, Kenya, South America and a global initiative) give an insight of the social impact of music making and orchestral practice.

A joint brainstorming session and an open discussion format provide space for thoughts on “The amateur orchestra of the future”.

As we are still in a special situation due to the global pandemic, it is particularly important to emphasise the issues of this conference even more.

The world will not be the same as before, going back to normality does not exist. The amateur music has to be prepared for a change, a Plan B. At the conference, you can do your part to provoke and advance a change in thinking.


The conference is intended to be a platform for those working in the field of amateur and professional music: Professional and amateur musicians, music researchers, professionals from the educational sector and representatives of national and international umbrella organisations. The participants are invited to exchange and share their expertise in order to develop concrete visions for the future and find new fields of interaction. The conference is organised in cooperation with the European Orchestra Federation and the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras, so international networking and the outcome for the participants are very important to us.

Conference Hotel

Intercity Hotel Dresden
Weberplatz 8
01069 Dresden, Germany

19 – 21 September 2021 Conference Days
18 September 2021 (evening): Welcome Reception
19 September 2021 (afternoon): Sightseeing and Social Event
20 September 2021 (evening): Concert of BTHVN 2021 – The Orchestra and reception at the Concert Hall of the Kulturpalast in Dresden

Schedule and programme

The detailed conference programme will be online soon.
Invitations will be send out soon.

The conference is planned as a physical event, but there will be livestreams of the the plenary formats (keynotes, panel discussions) in order to facilitate an online participation. If a physical event is not possible due to current events related to the Corona pandemic, the conference will be held as a digital event.

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After prior registration, each participant/ represented organisation will have the opportunity to present its work/orchestra and to exhibit information material (flyers, posters, etc.).

Participation fee

For BDLO / EOFed / WFAO members

  • 250,- €

For Non-BDLO / EOFed / WFAO members

  • 300,- €

Please note:

  • Travel expenses and insurances must be fully covered by the participants.
  • The conference fee for private accompanying persons is calculated to cover all costs and depends on whether conference participation is desired (Please send corresponding enquiries to

The conference fee includes:

  • Accommodation incl. breakfast from 18 to 21 September 2021 at the Intercity Hotel Dresden
  • The welcome reception on 18 September 2021
  • Meals (3x lunch, 2x dinner at the conference hotel) and refreshments during the conference
  • The social event (19 September 2021)
  • The entrance fee for the concert of BTHVN 2021 – The Orchestra on 20.09.2021 at the Kulturpalast Dresden

Why you should participate


sustainable and successful cooperation between amateur and professional orchestras


from international good practice models


experiences with representatives of international organisations


the vision of the amateur orchestra of the future


knowlegde and expertise with your international colleagues

A project by

Funded by

In cooperation with

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras