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.
With Sasha Lurje, Daniel Kahn, Diana Matut, Ethel Raim, Alan Bern
Artists-in-residence: Cantor Sveta Kundish & Patrick Farrell
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.
The world of Yiddish song and how we understand it has changed enormously since Yiddish Summer Weimar began 20 years ago. Many great and beloved older singers have passed away; a new generation has taken over their legacy and is creating its own, new legacy for the future. Where are we today? How did we get here and what have we learned? Where might we be going in the next 20 years? These are just some of the questions that inspire this year’s workshop. Taught by many of the leading lights of today’s older and younger generations of Yiddish singers and songwriters, this workshop will explore both traditional heritages and new horizons.
Topics will include macaronic (multi-lingual) songs, the varieties of Yiddish song in their cultural context, Western Yiddish songs of early Ashkenaz and New Yiddish Song. In addition, participants will also have the chance to work with Lorin Sklamberg and Shura Lipovsky in guest master class sessions.
The workshop lasts 8 days with one free day on Aug 15th. 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 (July 27 - August 3), 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.