Masterclasses ORGAN

The organ masterclasses will be held by Prof. Jürgen Essl (Musikhochschule Stuttgart) and Jeremy Joseph  (University of Music Wien)

Students will be able to get instruction from both organ professors and the assistant, Classes will be conducted either on the Gabler Organ in Ochsenhausen, the Holzhey Organ in Rot or the Sandter Organ nearby in Gutenzell. Lessons will be in German, French, English or Italian.


Suggested repertoire of Jürgen Essl:
- Froberger, Pachelbel, Muffat, Knecht, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt, Improvisation

Both Prof. Jürgen Essl and Jeremy Joseph offer guidance in Organ Improvisation ranging from Barock to Modern. Previous knowledge or experience with improvisation is not required.

Students are able to practise and perform on excellent historical and modern instruments, including the famous Gabler organ Ochsenhausen and the Holzhey organ in Rot, Kiene/ Sandtner organ in Gutenzell or Goll organ in Memmingen (dispositions listed below).

  Disposition Holzhay organ Rot a.d. Rot

  Disposition Gabler organ Ochsenhausen

  Disposition Goll organ Memmingen

  Disposition Sandtner organ Gutenzell




Students have the opportunity to participate in the Joseph Gabler competition at the end of ISAM. 

Suggested repertoire in 2019: 30-min recital free program, including one composition by Georg Muffat and J.H. Knecht "Kleines Flötenconcert" or "Kleines Hoboeconcert.

The 8th Joseph-Gabler Organ Competition is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, 2019. The top two or three winners will be awarded prizes per decision of the international jury. The First Prize Winner of Joseph Gabler Prize will recieve further invitations and concert engagements.

Additionally the 2nd Justin Heinrich Knecht Preis (donated of Stadt Biberach) will be awarded. 

Prize money Justin Heinrich Knecht Preis 2019

  • 1st winner: 1000.- €
  • 2nd winner: 500.- €

Prize money Joseph Gabler Competition 2019

  • 1st winner: 1000.- €
  • 2nd winner: 500.- €
  • 3rd winner: 250.- €


Jürgen Essl, organist and composer                                                                
 Jeremy Joseph, organist   



2012 Marie Zahrádkova
2013 Aaron Ribas
2014 Thomas Kudernatsch
2015 Mar Vaqué
2016 Grace Oh
2017 Yeri Ahn
2018 Sören Gieseler



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