Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!

We want to share with you the program planned for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2020, although at this moment we simply don’t know what will be possible by mid-July. For that reason, the program, including all public events as well as workshops, is subject to change, postponement or even cancellation depending on how the Covid-19 pandemic develops. We are working hard on flexible and creative responses to a very difficult challenge, possibly including various online options. In view of this reality, we are not yet accepting registrations. But we hope you’ll note the dates in your calendar and check our website for regular updates to stay informed. We also recommend signing up for our newsletter.

Intermediate & Advanced Yiddish Instrumental Music
July 26 – August 2 @Musikschule

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.
Intermediate Section Core Faculty with: Zilien Biret,
Sanne Möricke, Deborah Strauss
Advanced Section Core Faculty: Michael Alpert,
Alan Bern, Christian Dawid, Walter Zev Feldman
Artists-in-Residence: Szilvia Csaranko & Susi Evans

Academic credit for this workshop!

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at a university or conservatory? If so, you can probably get 1-3 academic credits for taking this workshop, thanks to our new cooperation with the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. Please send an email to for more details.

We find ourselves today in a world of Yiddish instrumental music very different from 20 years ago, when Yiddish Summer Weimar began. An entire generation has passed, the “young generation” has become older, and a new generation has established itself. For our 20th anniversary, we want to get an overview of what has changed and what we’ve learned, to reflect on where we are today, and to explore where we might be going in the next 20 years. Our guides will be some of the senior pioneers of ethnographic, historical and artistic research in Yiddish music, including Michael Alpert, Walter Zev Feldman and Alan Bern, among others.
The Intermediate & Advanced Sections run parallel to each other, with some separate and some common sessions. Each section has its own core team of teachers that will also be “visiting” teachers in the parallel section.

This workshop is open to all instrumentalists with i) intermediate through professional instrumental ability and ii) intermediate through advanced ability playing Yiddish instrumental music.

Please apply for either the Intermediate or the Advanced section and let us know why. Since we want everyone to have the best possible learning experience, we may recommend that you switch sections before or after your arrival.

The workshop lasts 8 days with one free day on Aug 1st. No fee is charged for the free day.

Workshop fee: 460 € Standard / 355 € Reduced / 635 € Sponsor / 180 € under 18
For information about the Standard, Reduced and Supporter fees >> read about

The evening program that caps each workshop day has much to do with the unique atmosphere of Yiddish Summer Weimar. On some evenings we meet for jam sessions in Weimar's cafés or in the Other Music Academy (OMA), a great opportunity to put into practice what you've been learning during the day and connect with the other participants. On other evenings, we present concerts connected to the workshop topic performed by internationally recognized artists. During the Festival Week (August 5 – 9), directly following each evening's featured event in the mon ami cultural center, we meet again in the OMA for the Late Night Cabaret, an informal and fun atmosphere for short performances by anyone ready to jump on stage. In Yiddish Summer Weimar, learning, playing and connecting with each other go hand-in-hand.