Contemporary Insights 2023 Summer Academy for Present-Day Music

About the Academy

The academy offers an intensive and focused five-day session, designed to deepen the understanding of current aesthetic discourses and the latest artistic demands in the field of contemporary music and performance. One of the aims of this summer academy is to explore the processes of learning as well as the exchange between composer and interpreter.

Courses will be taught in English and German.

Focus: Contemporary Classical Music

The academy is designed for students of various levels and for professional musicians with interest in contemporary classical music.
Chamber ensemble formations are welcome to join and should enroll their members individually.

Location: Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” (HMT) Leipzig, Germany

Academy dates: July 25th, 2023 – July 29th, 2023 


Deadline: July 6th, 2023

Please fill out the registration Form.
Proof of tuition payment is required in order to register.*

Tuition: 200 EUR (Bank Account/Paypal information below)

Not including accommodation (Participants should organize their own accommodations.)

*Active HMT-Leipzig students do not pay tuition to Contemporary Insights e.V., but must enroll in the course through the Hochschule, for which they will receive credits.


Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf
Clara Maïda
Marisol Jiménez
Carol McGonnell
Audrey Chen
Dejana Sekulić

Course Overview

Coaching sessions

Individual Sessions will last 45 minutes. 

– Composition applicants can present and work on their older works or current works in progress. 

– Performance applicants are invited to work on pieces from their solo repertoire, respectively. During these sessions, small chamber ensembles can also present and work on the pieces from their repertoire.  

Chamber Sessions:

– Ensemble pieces by the Composition Tutors & Students will be learned.

Group Workshops

– Rhythm: Polyrhythm, Notation, Strategies for Realization, Irrational Meter, Metric Modulations

– Microtones and Perception, 

– Musicianship, Prepared Instruments, Electronics, Extended Techniques, Vocalization, Improvisation, and Performance


Both composition and performance tutors will present their practice, through lectures and performance sessions. 
Performance participants will also have the opportunity to present individual solo works and to share with one another the challenges they encountered with the work and the strategies they took to prepare it.

Composer participants may present their already existing compositions and/or their artistic practice.


Zachary Seely

Tuition** can be paid via bank transfer to

Contemporary Insights e.V.
Bank: Sparkasse Leipzig
IBAN: DE91 8605 5592 1090 2155 21

Or via Paypal by clicking on the “Pay with PayPal” button below.

Summer Academy 2023: Tuition

Contemporary Insights 2023 Summer Academy for Present-Day Music Tuition Fee


** Contemporary Insights e.V. is not responsible for any transfer fees from your bank or Paypal. Any cancellations which occur before or on July 6, 2023 will be 80% refunded. Cancellations after July 6, 2023 will not be refunded.

This project is supported by the Leipzig Stiftung.

Trailer about the 2021 Summer Academy for Present-Day Music