© Angelika Luft

You are an amateur musician? You like to travel and to explore different cultures and music? You like to share your passion for music with other people?

The unique international amateur orchestra 2021

Important information: BTHVN 2021 - The Orchestra will take place in September 2021

Decision: BTHVN 2021 – The Orchestra

The orchestra project will take place with Plan B. All musicians will be informed accordingly via e-mail. Please check current travel restrictions to Germany by planning your travel.

Participation fee

The participation fee is due after the final decision on the orchestra size. The payment deadline will be communicated by e-mail.

Please note:
Travel expenses and insurances (travel/health/instrument etc.) must be fully covered by the participants.
Refund of participation fee is not possible, only in case of restrictions because of the pandemic (force majeur).


 Sheet music

The sheet music and distribution of parts (Plan A and B) will be send out as soon as possible in consultation with the professional section leaders.

General notice

Due to the pandemic situation, we are planning the orchestra size to be scalable. The concert programme can be played with a very large, but also a very small orchestra. The musicians have been selected and notified for three different scenarios:

Plan A: full symphony orchestra with around 90 musicians
Plan B: full symphony orchestra with around 60 musicians
Plan C: salon orchestra with around 30 musicians

All applicants who have not received a confirmation e-mail have not been selcted for BTHVN 2021 – The Orchestra.




The application needs to be processed in two steps:

Step 1: Fill in the online application form

Step 2: Download the pdf-file: Application / Step 2,
sign it and send it per mail or scanned via e-mail to schmidt@bdlo.de

To meet the application deadline, online registration is sufficient.

Selection procedure

Terms and conditions

Online application for BTHVN 2021 - The Orchestra

  • 1. General information
  • 2. Musical information
  • 3. Travel information
  • Please select
  • female
  • male
  • other
This information is required for the accommodation allocation.
  • Please select
  • female
  • male
Please note that this information discloses the participation fee.
Please indicate your mobile phone number including the international area code.

The selection of the participants is made by the organizer in consultation with the section leaders and the artistic director. The following principles will be applied:

  • The selection will be made after the application deadline.
  • The order in which applications are received is irrelevant.
  • Musical quality and the greatest possible intercultural exchange are the most important principles for the selection of participants.
  • The instrumentation of particularly demanding wind parts is determined primarily by the professional assessment of the instructors.
  • Some wind positions are doubled.

Conditions of participation

Your application represents an offer on the terms that apply. Our confirmation of this offer constitutes an acceptance, whereby the contract of participation is concluded. Your participation therefore becomes binding and the payment of the participation fee is due.  Your personal data, which you make available to us during the registration, are necessary for the conclusion of the contract with us (participation in the project). You are not obliged to provide your personal data. However, we cannot organise your participation in the project without the provision of your personal data.

The processing of the data that you provide to us on registration is required for fulfilling the contract according to the EU GDPR. Find our privacy policy at https://bthvn2021.com/privacy-policy/.

With your application, you agree on audio and visual media being made in connection with the project, including its reproduction and publication or broadcasting; any rights arising from this will be transferred to the organiser. By submitting your application, you agree to the disclosure of your name, instrument, place of residence and e-mail address among the participants and lecturers (e.g. for the organization of carpools). You can object to this disclosure until the application deadline. Please note that only the German version of the conditions of participation / privacy policy is legally binding.


Ihre Bewerbung stellt ein Angebot zu den hier ausgelobten Konditionen dar und unsere Zusage die Annahme, wodurch der Teilnahmevertrag abgeschlossen wird, Ihre Teilnahme also verbindlich und die Zahlung des Teilnahmebeitrags fällig wird. Ihre personenbezogenen Daten, die Sie uns bei der Anmeldung zur Verfügung stellen, sind für einen Vertragsabschluss mit uns (Teilnahme am Projekt) erforderlich. Sie sind zur Bereitstellung Ihrer personenbezogenen Daten nicht verpflichtet. Ohne Mitteilung dieser können wir Ihre Teilnahme am Projekt jedoch nicht planen. Die Verarbeitung Ihrer bei der Anmeldung angegebenen Daten erfolgt also für den Zweck der Vertragserfüllung. Datenschutzbestimmungen unter www.bdlo.org/datenschutz/

Mit der Bewerbung erklären Sie Ihr Einverständnis mit der Aufzeichnung von Ton-, Bild- und Videomaterial, das im Zusammenhang mit dem Projekt gemacht wird, einschließlich deren Vervielfältigung und Veröffentlichung bzw. Sendung und übertragen hieraus entstehende Rechte auf den Veranstalter. Sie können diese Erklärung jederzeit formlos widerrufen. Mit der Bewerbung erklären Sie Ihr Einverständnis mit der Veröffentlichung Ihres Namens, Instruments, Wohnorts und E-Mail-Adresse im Kreise der Teilnehmer* innen und Dozent*innen (bspw. zur Organisation von Fahrgemeinschaften). Sie können dieser Veröffentlichung bis zum Bewerbungsschluss widersprechen.

Artistic Direction

Conductor Markus Stenz invites you to participate in the unique international amateur orchestra in September 2021

Concert programme

Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung) op. 24

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

Orchestration/Instrumentation (orchestra size plan B)

Strauss: strings, 3 flutes, 3 oboes (incl. english horn), 3 clarinets (incl. bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (incl. contrabassoon), 4 french horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, timpani (1 player), 1 harp

Beethoven: strings, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 french horns, 2 trumpets, timpani (1 player)

Please note: The rehearsal language is English

Programme and schedule


11 February 2021
11 April 2021
Mid May 2021
Mid June 2021
End of July 2021
31 August 2021

Project schedule

17 September 2021
18 & 19 September 2021
20 September 2021

21 September 2021

22 September 2021

Call for applications
Application deadline
Notification of participation
Dispatch of sheet music (Plan A, B)
Notification of final orchestra size
Payment deadline

Arrival day: 8pm (CET) first rehearsal
Full rehearsal days
Transfer to Dresden, dress rehearsal,
7.30 pm (CET) concert at Kreuzkirche Dresden
Central accommodation in Dresden

Transfer to Leipzig, dress rehearsal,
7.30 pm (CET) concert at St. Peter’s Church, Leipzig
Departure or central accommodation in Leipzig (optional)

Departure from Leipzig


Rehearsal venue

Thüringer Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen
(State Music Academy Thuringia)
Address: Lohberg 11, 99706 Sondershausen

© Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen

Achteckhaus (main rehearsal room)

© Alexander Burzik

Concert venues

Kreuzkirche, Dresden

© Kreukirche Dresden

St. Peter’s Church, Leipzig

© Martin Jehnichen

Participation fee

The fee includes all bus transfers to Dresden and Leipzig and 5 nights in double rooms and full board.

All international participants (without German bank account) need to cover any foreign bank transfer costs themselves.

Please note:

Travel expenses and insurances (travel/instrument etc.) must be fully covered by the participants.

Refund of participation fee is not possible, only in case of restrictions because of the pandemic (force majeur)

Commitment fee for international participants living outside from Germany, Austria, Switzerland

For EOFed/WFAO members

  • 80,- €
  • 50,- € for participants up to 26 years

Check EOFed members list here
For WFAO members or in doubt, please ask your orchestra director.

For Non-EOFed/WFAO members

  • 100,- €
  • 70,- € for participants up to 26 years

Participation fee for all participants living in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

For BDLO/EOFed members

  • 360,- €
  • 120,- € for participants up to 26 years

Check BDLO members list here
Check EOFed members list here
If in doubt, please ask your orchestra director.

For Non-BDLO/EOFed members

  • 390,- €
  • 150,- € for participants up to 26 years

5 reasons to participate


from the expertise of professional musicians in the section rehearsals


a great musical experience participating in an unique international orchestra project


two concerts in important German concert venues


with Markus Stenz as conductor


your passion for music with international musicians

A project by

Funded by

In cooperation with

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras