Registration 2019

🛎 We bring some (long-awaited) news! 🛎


🖋 Registration starts on Monday 11th March at 12:00 🖋

👀 The magic link will be launched here on the website & on Facebook  👀


We look forward to your selection!

Tutors' team 2019

🎻🎭🎹 Some of you may have already noticed that the TUTORS’ TEAM 2019 was published last night!
🛎✍️📩 Before APPLICATION LAUNCH, take your time to go through the site, the starting date will be announced.
📣💲⏳ There’s going to be a few changes in application form. For example, each SUBBMITED APP FORM will serve also as an automatic PAYMENT INSTRUCTION.

ISSEM 2019

Dear friends,
we step into the fourth decade of the International Summer School of Early Music and we are glad to announce that the next course will take place from 6th to 14th July 2019.
Save the date & stay with us!

30th anniversary of ISSEM

Dear members and friends of the Early Music Society,
the thirty years that have passed since the International Summer School of Early Music (ISSEM) came into being undoubtedly represent a good reason to look back and celebrate. Although the history of these music interpretation courses is even longer, the thirty yearsspent in Valtice have generated a plenty of unforgettable memories for several thousand participants and formed the summer school into its today’s shape. The genius loci of the town helps create the unique atmosphere of encounters and shared experiences both social and artistic. These go far beyond just developing interpretation skills, reaching deep into the hearts of all who let music and dance speak to their hearts. The … READ MORE

Vacant rooms

We announce 2 VACANT ROOMS in Viticulture school hostel.
The offer of 6 BEDS applies to all participants of ISSEM including their accompaniment.
You can claim your bed(s) at

Auspices of the Mayor

We are glad to announce that the 30th ISSEM is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Valtice town Mr. Pavel Trojan.
It is very nice to hear words of acknowledgement from one of our most important partners. Thank you!
The document in Czech is available HERE.


Proclamation of the Early Music Society concerning the protection of personal data in keeping with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) during the organisation of the International Summer School of Early Music and the Valtice Music Rendez-vous (further abbreviated as ISSEM and VMR respectively)
If you are registered as participants of ISSEM and VMR, we need some of your personal data. By submitting your application, you are giving us consent to process and subsequently administer it. The following paragraphs explain what we need your personal data for, how we handle it and what we do in order to safeguard it.
You have right to:

withdraw your consent at any time
inquire about ways your data is handled
require access … READ MORE


This year we decided to join the efforts of all dance classes so that everybody can participate in the final performance. In this way, all dancers will get a chance to dance to live music in the beautiful spaces of the castle riding hall. To ensure that the joint effort will look fine, we have united the dance style as well. Do no hesitate with your application – if you have no previous experience with baroque or rococo dance, this year the programme is right for you!

You can master the fundamentals of “la belle danse” with Hana Slačálková – she has brought up a number of baroque dancers!
Have fun in the rococo class of Mozart dances with … READ MORE

New classes

Due to the great interest, new classes have been added!
We introduce Irena Troupová and Julie Braná, our new members of the tutors team!
Registration will be launched tomorrow morning and we would like to remind all registered course members that shifting from any class to the new classes class will be possible from 20th June on.
We also announce that Petra Matějová’s fortepiano class has been cancelled.
Thank you for understanding!

Temporary website shutdown

For technical reasons, a part of last weekend the e-mail addresses @ and also MLŠSH website didn’t work properly. We apologize for this unexpected complication and we encourage all those who tried to contact us during the weekend to do so again – the undelivered emails were returned to the senders. Now we are fully functional.
Thanks for understanding.


Dear friends,
we are working on the website update and the registration will begin on Wednesday 7 | 2 | 12:00.
Inviting words of Marek Štryncl’s, artistic director, can be found HERE.
With best wishes your ISSEM 2018 team

ISSEM 2018

Dear friends,
The 30th anniversary International Summer School fo Early Music will take place from
7th to 15th July 2018.
Save the date & stay with us!

Harpsichord - change of the tutor

Important announcement!
Harpsichord class tutor Shalev Ad-El won’t be able to attend the ISSEM due to sudden personal reasons; therefore we present you the new member of the tutors’ team who is really looking forward to his students.
Let us introduce you the Dutch harpsichordist PIETER-JAN BELDER, who is willing to teach also in the afternoon. So if you wish to sign up, don’t hesitate and let us know on

Cancelled performance

Dear friends,
we regretfully announce that the performance Danza Gloria 8. 7. has been cancelled. We are forced to accept this decision due to the operational reasons on the side of performing guest.
Online booking form has been changed as well as the existing applications we’ve received by now.
Thank you for your understanding

Music Rendez-vous 2017 & ticket booking

Dear ISSEM members,
we would like to inform you on the Musical Rendez-vous Valtice 2017 programme and some important organisational news. During the last years, the original series of mainly tutors‘ concerts turned into a regular festival programme of more than just regional importance, which offers the public top early music performances.
We would like to keep the concerts on a high quality level, and therefore, we had to introduce rather symbolical, low fees to be paid for certain programmes by the ISSEM members.
The fees apply for the guest concerts, the tutors‘ concert remain free.
In this year, the following programmes are to be paid for:

8. 7. / Danza Gloria – €3
9. 7. / A. V. Michna z Otradovic: Loutna česká / … READ MORE

New classes

Due to the great interest, new classes have been added! We introduce Poppy Holden and Anna Mikolajková, our new members of the tutors team!
We would like to remind all registered course members that shifting from any class to the new classes class will be possible from 20th June on.
Thank you for understanding!

Applications are ready

All 29th ISSEM tutors and classes are confirmed and so you can register right HERE.
Don´t hesitate and go for it because the classes are filling up quickly!

Registration 2017

Dear friends,


we are working diligently so we can start registrating at the beginning of February just like every year.

Marek Štryncl´s greeting can be found HERE.


With best wishes your ISSEM 2017 team!

ISSEM 2017

Next International Summer School fo Early Music will take place from 8th to 16th July 2017.
Save the date!

King Arthur - invitation

We would like to invite all highly experienced, advanced and good solo singers to take part in the concluding performance – Henry Purcell’s King Arthur. Have a look into the vocal score (piano score, vocal parts) HERE (H.Purcell – King Arthur, choice of solo vocal numbers), and choose from a large number of short arias, solo entries and recitatives the music you would like to perform. Singing tenor arias by a soprano, and vice versa, is no problem. Exceptionally, it could be done also by basses and altos. Have no fear, do not be shy: let us know in advance what you have chosen. The music is wonderful, our tutors will help you to cope with … READ MORE

Prometheus - 2nd July

In the evening of the Valtice ISSEM opening day (Saturday, 2.7.) you can attend for free the music and ballet performance of L. v. Beethoven’s Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (or the Power of Music and Dance) in the Valtice Castle Theatre (see programme HERE). First performance, at 7p.m. is intended for the general public, second performance, at 9p.m., for the course members. Before the second performance, at 8:30p.m., the festive opening of the ISSEM will take part. The theatre‘s capacity is around 230 places. We would like some of the course members to book the first performance (, there will be around 30 places reserved for them. After the performance, they should vait … READ MORE

New recorder class

New recorder class added! We introduce ANNA MIKOLAJKOVÁ, our new member of the tutors team! More information HERE.
We would like to remind all registered course members that shifting from any class to Anna Mikolajková’s class will be possible from 15th June on. Thank you for your understanding!

Free rooms in VS hostel

Dear friends,
we are glad to announce that there are still some vacant rooms in the Viticulture school hostel. If you are interested, then don´t hestitate!


Dear friends,
we gladly announce that the application forms are now activated and from now on you can sign in your favourite classes!


Dear friends,
we expect to launch the registration on 10th Ferbruary. Until then we will be updating tutors´ profiles.

ISSEM 2016

We gladly announce that the 28th ISSEM Valtice will take place from 2nd to 10th July 2016


7/7/20:00 Orazio Vecchi: L´Amfiparnaso (Victoria Ensemble and En Garde dance ensemble)
Valtice Castle – Baroque Theatre
© Nadja Meister
Photos HERE


We add some photos from Ľubica Dzúriková. Take a look HERE.
Do you have some too? Send us and we will share them with other ISSEM memebers.


Dear friends,
we kindly invite you to send us your photos taken during the summer school 2015. We will be glad to share this year’s experience from your own perspective with other course members on our Facebook or website.


Do you wish to learn about the essential ISSEM news? Subscribe to our occasional newsletter which points out all important moments of the ISSEM preparations.
Stay in touch and register HERE.


Classes are complete as well as the tutors´ team. We are still waiting for some details but from now on you can read carefully this year´s course programme.
Application forms will be updated during February and we will let you know by e-mail that it´s ready.

ISSEM 2015

We are happy to announce that the next Summer school will take place from 4th to 12th July 2015. We look forward to new classes and tutors, but our favourite ones as well. The preparation is in full swing!


All the scores and parts sent by the tutors appear in our SHAREBOX at the top of the page. There you can download it and print it in advance.


Music for the concluding concert and ballet performance of Henry Purcell’s opera Dioclesian is available right HERE.


We announce that classes of Beatriz Lafont, František Dofek, Petr Zejfart and Lucie Dušková are already full. So don´t hesitate to register!


Due to the cancellation of Summer School in Prachatice, we open another Recorder class.
Jakub Kydlíček is looking forward to meeting you in his class Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Recorder.

The tutor´s profile and class description will appear soon on our website. We are now adding the new class to the application form which should be activated this week!


The accommodation prices went up due to the change of the Viticulture school price policy.
In this year we are also facing space problems, linked to the Valtice Castle reconstruction works. Replacement rooms, offering new possibilities, will be soon available. We also try to deal with the last year’s food problems.
Due to this, the 2014 web information and application forms will be available only by the end of February. We try hard to make the summer courses as enjoyable as in the last years, and hope that this year’s new programme features will be of interest.