FAQ – especially for new ISSEM members


Does one have to be an advanced player to be able to take part in the classes?

Most classes are opened to amateur as well as professional musicians. It should be noted that the ISSEM comprises mainly interpretation courses; good technical performance level of the participants is therefore automatically expected.

Is it possible to combine classes?

Preferably, the course members should attend just one class. It is, indeed, possible to combine solo instrument classes with the orchestral or chamber playing. Instrument players and solo voice students are welcome to join the choral classes, if their timetable allows it. It is not recommended to join two choral classes, except for extremely experienced singers. Other combinations are possible only exceptionally if the capacity of the class allows it and the teachers agree.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee covers the class fees and all other activities offered by the ISSEM – listening seminars, afternoon dancing and lectures, accompanists, private lessons, the use of harpsichords (and, according to the decision of the tutors, also of other instruments), evening concerts and other activities.

When and where do the concerts take place? Who can take part?

Concerts of tutors and guest musicians usually start at 8 p.m. in the Spanish Stables at the Castle, or in the Parish Church in the town square – the entrance fee is part of the course fee. The students’ concerts take place on Friday and Saturday. The possibility to perform depends of the total number of participants, the quality of the rehearsed repertoire the tutor’s recommendation and the ISSEM artistic committee.

When do the classes take place? How do I find where to go?

The classes take place mostly in the morning, exceptionally in the afternoon (Baroque orchestra, choir led by Robert Hugo and one of the dance classes). The afternoon is generally reserved for relaxation, rehearsing and other free activities. The location of the classes and placement of the students into each class will be posted on the information sheets. Most of the classes take place in the Viticulture School (VS) and the Primary School (ZS). Some of them take place in the Music School (ZUS) in the square.

Should I bring my own scores as a student of a solo class? What else

should I take with myself? It is expected that the students of the solo classes bring their own music, together with a copy for the tutor (accompanist, basso continuo players, etc.). Beware of arrangements, romantic accompaniments, out of style transcriptions, etc.! Do not forget to bring music stands, pegs, rubbers, pencils, scissors, scotch tape and other tools for prompt arrangement of material – you never know when an opportunity of music making might come.

What´s the Valtice weather like?

Weather in Valtice is in general warm and sunny. Yet, warm cloths might be handy not only for the sudden cold spell following a summer storm, but also to compensate the temperature differences between the classroom and the Baroque Stables or a wine cellar.

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