F.A.Q.

  • 1.General
  • What are the rules and regulations at the Swakopmunder Musikwoche?

    What you may expect from us:

    We have highly qualified lecturers from all-over the world (Namibia, South Africa, Germany, USA etc.), who are true music enthusiasts and love to work with musicians, professional or lay musician. Enjoy master classes as well as being led in a group, be it the Concert Band, the Jazz Band or the Choir or Grand Orchestra – this is YOUR chance to become part of a fantastic musical experience, benefitting from international expert musicians and expanding your musical knowledge beyond expectations.

    We organise and run the Musikwoche highly professional.

    We offer you the unique experience of meeting musicians from different countries, different ages, and different cultures and to form new life-long friendships around the globe.

    You can improve your musical talent, play in an orchestra and have a lot of fun.

    We expect from you:

    Due to the very limited rehearsal time and the growing numbers of participants you need to apply for an exemption, if you are unable to start on the 1st Friday by 14:00. Should you not be able to join us by the latest the 1st Saturday by 14:30, we will not be able to exempt you from coming on time.

    Participants are to pick up their name tag and additional information on the 1st Friday at the NPS Hall in the foyer between 9:00 and 12:00.

    Participants are to bring their own instrument and music stand.

    It is obligatory for all participants to sit in on the opening ceremony, commencing on the 1st Friday at 14:00 in the NPS school hall. Important information is shared here. Directly after the opening the first rehearsal will take place until 17:00 – this is also obligatory for the Junior Orchestra members. Participants thus have to bring their instrument and music stand. This rehearsal will be used by the lecturers to place participants in the respective groups chosen in the registration form (Junior Orchestra / Choir / Concert Band / Jazz Band / Grand Orchestra). Participants may be allowed to join a maximum of two groups, but the last decision will be made by the lecturer.

    Placement decisions are based on several factors, depending on group sizes, instrument requirements by groups etc. Please also know that Namibian musicians will be given preference! If one more flute is needed for the Grand Orchestra and two participants want the place, preference will be given to the Namibian musician in accordance with our trust objects.

    Participants should understand that even if they did practice the score(s) for the Grand Orchestra, they may not be able to play in the Grand Orchestra.

    Once registered, participants are requested to notify the Musikwoche office immediately, if they are not able to attend the Musikwoche, as lecturers prepare their music selections with consideration of registered instruments and abilities and it could cause an imbalance, if participants don’t show up. Please understand that we will not reimburse you, should you cancel less than six weeks prior to the start of the Swakopmunder Musikwoche.

    Participants are required to commit to attend all rehearsals and concerts as scheduled. We will do our utmost to publish the daily rehearsal schedule well in advance and to inform participants in time of any changes. Absenteeism affects the quality of the performances.

    Once Musikwoche commences, participants are expected to notify their lecturer immediately if they are unable to attend a rehearsal or are withdrawing from the program.

    Participants will adhere to the instructions of their lecturers, the Musikwoche organisers and the stage manager and crew as well as the rules and regulations of the Musikwoche at all times.

    Name tags have to be carried visible at all times during rehearsals as a safety measurement.The Musikwoche will not be held responsible for loss or damage to private property or injury to persons on the premises.

    Participants are responsible to treat all property of the Musikwoche and its rehearsal and performance premises with great care.

    Participants are expected to wear white blouses/shirts and black skirts/trousers for all public performances. At the Open Air concert they may also wear Musikwoche shirts. During rehearsals casual wear is quite acceptable.

    Participants performing in the concert of the evening may not sit in the audience, unless they are not required for warming up or performance during the entire first or second half. It is not permitted to leave the audience area during a performance.

    Participants are not permitted to stand in the doorways of the hall or in the foyer during regular concerts.

    Participants are not permitted to stand in the yard outside of the hall during concerts, except when they have been called by the stage crew before their appearance. Participants are expected to line up quietly so as not to disturb the audience inside nor their fellow musicians.

    Participants are not permitted backstage, unless authorised by the stage manager.

    Participants agree to the Musikwoche organisers taking photographs and videos during the Musikwoche and publishing these on their website or in other publications for promotional purposes.

    Any exemption to a rule or regulation has to be authorised by the Managing Committee of the Swakopmunder Musikwoche.

  • Can I buy tickets for the concerts online?

    Unfortunately we will not be able to offer tickets online, but you are welcome to book telephonically as of the 1st of December or directly at the Bank Windhoek NPS Kulturaula in Swakopmund a week before the concerts start. The phone number can be found on our home page. Bookings can only be made between 9 and 12:30 in the mornings. As tickets are rather sought after, it is recommended to book early!

  • Who Can register?

    Anybody who is eight years old and older may register for the Musikwoche. Our participants range in age from eight to seventy-five and older! You should have an interest in music and either want to sing in the choir or play an instrument. We do have a Junior Orchestra for beginning musicians. In order to be able to follow and enjoy the participation in the Junior Orchestra, you should be able to do the following:

    - Read a music score

    - Be able to play a simple piece of music presented to you on the first day

     

    Violin / viola:

    - Play in the first position securely on all strings

    - Accomplish all fingerings / finger positions up to 2 sharps and 2 flats

    - Play separate  and slurred  notes

    - Knowledge of the simple and dotted note values up to semiquavers (sixteenths)

     

    Cello: 

    - Play up to 4th position

    - Accomplish all fingerings / finger positions up to 2 sharps and 2 flats

    - Play separate and slurred notes

    - Knowledge of the simple and dotted note values up to semiquavers (sixteenths)

     

    Bass:

    - Half and 1st position securely

    - Play separate  and slurred  notes

    - Accomplish all fingerings / finger positions up to 2 sharps and 2 flats

    - Play a simple melody.

     

    Wood Winds:

    - All notes up to 4 sharps and 4 flats

    - To sustain the different notes reasonably “clean”

    - Knowledge of the simple and dotted note values

     

    Brass:

    - All notes up to 4 sharps and 4 flats

    - To sustain the different notes reasonably “clean”

    - Knowledge of the simple and dotted note values

    - Play a simple melody .

     

    If you are not sure, please ask your music teacher. S/he can contact us at any time.

  • Who are the lecturers?

    Every year we have a different group of lecturers. Our lecturers are from overseas as well as local. They have a variety of backgrounds, some are more performance oriented, and others are university musical lecturers. Some have come to the Musikwoche many times, others come for the first time this year. To find out about this year's group, please click on the tab "Lecturers".

  • What language will the instructions be in?

    Our instructors come from Europe, South Africa and Namibia. They will instruct in English and some will also be able to give instructions in German and/or Afrikaans.

  • What is the daily schedule?

    Devotion: Every morning from 8:30 to 8:50 - this is optional

    Junior orchestra: the morning rehearsals will be from 9:00 to 12:30. Should any afternoon rehearsals be required, they will be announced at least one day ahead of time.

    Concert Band, Jazz Band, Grand Orchestra and Choir:

    Rehearsals: 9:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 17:00. Every day a detailed rehearsal plan will be put up on the notice board regarding sectional and tutti rehearsals. Should additional rehearsals in the evening be required, participants will be notified well ahead of time.

    On the Tuesday, the afternoon will be off, as the lecturers will be preparing for their concert that evening.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the Jazz Band, Concert Band and Brass section will be playing the Open Air Concert at the Amphi Theatre.

    On Thursday morning, the Junior Orchestra and Ensembles have their dress rehearsal for the evening concert. The choir will have a normal rehearsal in the afternoon. All those participating in the concert will probably not have any afternoon rehearsals – you will be informed the day before.

    On Friday morning, the Junior Orchestra plays at the Marie Douglas Heim frail care. After that, their participation comes to an end. All others have dress rehearsal for the Final Concert. The afternoon is off, so everyone can prepare for the evening concert.

    There are no rehearsals on Saturday, everyone meets as arranged by the respective lecturer for the evening concert.

  • What clothes should I bring for the concert?

    Participants are expected to wear white blouses/shirts and black skirts/trousers for all public performances. During rehearsals you may wear comfortable clothing of your choice. Please refrain from bare midriffs. You are welcome to wear a Musikwoche shirt for the Open Air concert.

  • What are the break times and is food provided?

    There is a morning break every day from 10:30 to 11 am, where food is available. Young participants up to the age of 15 may take free jam sandwiches and a cup of juice. All other participants can buy a variety of brötchen, tea or coffee. Of course young participants may also buy any of the brötchen, tea or coffee.

  • Do I have to be a member of the Lutheran church to participate?

    The Evangelical-Lutheran church is the patron of the Musikwoche (see our history), but everybody is welcome to join, as the Musikwoche is not a religous event. We do, however, hold devotion every morning, but participation is not obligatory.

  • How do I register?

    You can register online or send us an email to info@musikwoche.com and we happily send you a PDF form that you can fill in and return to us via e-mail or fax. You can also obtain a paper form at the office of the Swakopmund Lutheran church, Mondays to Fridays between 9:00 and 12:00.

  • When does registration start?

    Registration usually starts in the last week of July and ends by the middle of November.

  • What are the registration fees?

    Junior Orchestra: N$ 100.00

    Choir: N$ 140.00

    Instrument: N$ 170.00


    Should you not be in a position to afford registration fees, please contact us at info@musikwoche.com or send us a letter to Swakopmunder Musikwoche, P.O.Box 9, Swakopmund. Explain your situation and the committee will take a decision on exempting you from the registration fees.

  • Where can I get a Musikwoche Shirt?

    Every year there is a new Musikwoche shirt. Children sizes will be t-shirts, adults have a choice between a polo and a t-shirt. If you register online, provision is made for you to choose a shirt in the correct size. We also sell shirts during the Musikwoche, while stock lasts. For some of our recent year shirts, we still do have limited stock that you can also purchase at the Musikwoche.