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.